The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

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by Hildegarde Hoyt Swift, Lynd Ward, Jerry Terheyden

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Shining bright for sixty years! See more details below


Shining bright for sixty years!

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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
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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

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Live Oak Media
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Teacher's Edition, Instructor's Manual,
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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