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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
     

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

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by Hildegarde H. Swift, Ward Lynd (Illustrator), Ward Lynd (Illustrator)
 

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Lighthouses have guided sailors, adventurers, and dreamers throughout the world for centuries. And a very important lighthouse stands tucked beneath the great gray span of the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River. This timeless and thoroughly charming story reveals how the proud little red lighthouse learned that even though it was very small, it

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Lighthouses have guided sailors, adventurers, and dreamers throughout the world for centuries. And a very important lighthouse stands tucked beneath the great gray span of the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson River. This timeless and thoroughly charming story reveals how the proud little red lighthouse learned that even though it was very small, it was still mighty.

"Told in the age-old rhythmic style of folklore, this story of modern times is unusually successful."--Saturday Review

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"There is just enough humanizing in the pictures--the intimation of a face on the tower, fog forming a grasping hand--to maintain the human spirit of the story and lead to its message: 'Each to his own place, little brother.' " --New York Herald Tribune

"Such a picture-story book as Mrs. Swift and Mr. Ward have made between them will not only be deeply enjoyed by boys and girls ... but will help to cultivate in them the seeing eye, and make them sensitive to the beauty which they can so easily find around them." --The New York Times

Children's Literature
This is a special 60th anniversary edition of the story of a small red lighthouse on the Hudson River in New York. The lighthouse was built in 1921 to guide boats down the great river. He was a happy little fellow doing a big job to keep the boats safe. All of a sudden, a huge bridge was constructed right above the lighthouse. The bridge was equipped with enormous lights on top, so the little lighthouse assumes that his small lights are no longer needed and he sinks into a deep sadness. One night, a heavy fog creeps in and envelops the river, making it impossible to safely navigate. One boat crashes up onto the rocks as the lighthouse helplessly watches. The bridge calls down to the lighthouse to turn on his bright beams and ring his warning bells, explaining that the lights on the bridge are meant to guide airplanes from above rather than boats down below. The lighthouse once again feels needed and eagerly tries to do his duties; however, he realizes that he is unable to activate his lights and bells without the assistance of the lighthouse keeper. Just when all hope seems lost, the keeper shows up with the explanation that his keys had been stolen. He turns on the bells and lights so that the boats were safe once again. There are many elements of this story that will require background knowledge; first, readers need to understand the purpose of lighthouses and how they are operated; second, many types of boats are mentioned and may be unfamiliar to young readers; and third, there are a number of difficult vocabulary words (channel, girders, reels, and beacon). The illustrations are the original watercolors in red, black, blue, and white. The important message imparted in the story isthat we all have an important job that is uniquely ours, and that every job is crucial to the well-being of the whole. 2002 (orig. 1942), Voyager Books,
— Carol Lynch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156528405
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/17/1974
Series:
Voyager Books Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 9.73(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


HILDEGARD HOYT SWIFT (1890-1977) wrote several books for children. Best known for The Railroad to Freedom, which was cited for a Newbery Honor in 1933, Ms. Swift spent her life recording the lives of heroic Americans on paper. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge is her most popular picture book.
LYND WARD (1905-1985) illustrated more than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his life. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1952, for illustrating The Biggest Bear, Mr. Ward created works that now can be seen in many museum collections throughout the United Staes and abroad.

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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mysterybuff47 More than 1 year ago
When you live within two hours of this lighthouse, it is nice to have a story that you can show as well as tell the grandchildren.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a charming, old but timeless story which will enthrall everyone. My grandson loves lighthouses and he can relate to the George Washington bridge since he travels on it often.
JuliansNana More than 1 year ago
I grew up in the neighborhood near the Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. I worked for The Port Authority of NY&NJ for over thirty years, the last twenty spend in the Engineering Department (which built the George Washington Bridge in 1932). The Lighthouse and Bridge have always held a special place in my heart. When the Lighthouse was being considered for Landmark Status by NYC, my boss sent out a memo from the Bridge wishing the Lighthouse Good Luck! I was so proud when the Lighthouse did receive that Status. I always give this book to new parents for their child. It is a wonderful story of how friends working together can accomplish anything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great little book and must read for all ages. However, don't be mislead by the description or illustration, this specific book is NOT SOLD as a gift set with matching nightlight - you will have to see another listing for that!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's no more fitting way to celebrate this classic little-lighthouse-who-could story than with a fresh coat of paint to match the restoration of the real Hudson River landmark. The melancholy story is experiencing a true-life storybook ending. Like this restored edition book, the real 1880 lighthouse was this year fitted with a new lens so it can shine once again when its beacon is lit for the first time since 1947. Now that's a happy ending worth sharing with generation after generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in the first grade I remember reading this book. I could tell you everything about it down to the last word. Everytime I go in or out of the city, I look for that little red lighthouse. The book conveys a message within it's historical fiction base. The message is that no matter how small, one is always important. This novel should be read and still be read by children everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book for children.