The Storm (Lighthouse Family Series)

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Life with only the sea can be lonely. Just ask Pandora and Seabold. They've lived most of their lives with the sea - Pandora in a lighthouse and Seabold on a boat - and they're each quite used to being alone. Or they were.

But one day, the sea did something extraordinary: It brought Pandora and Seabold together! And even better, the sea gave them the ingredients for an adventure that neither of them had considered before - an adventure called ...

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Overview

Life with only the sea can be lonely. Just ask Pandora and Seabold. They've lived most of their lives with the sea - Pandora in a lighthouse and Seabold on a boat - and they're each quite used to being alone. Or they were.

But one day, the sea did something extraordinary: It brought Pandora and Seabold together! And even better, the sea gave them the ingredients for an adventure that neither of them had considered before - an adventure called "family."

It's smooth sailing for Rylant's sweet, sea-inspired tale - (which) will keep young readers turning pages - and on the lookout for future titles in the series."

Pandora the cat becomes a lighthouse keeper and saves the life of Seabold the dog, and together the two of them create a family with three young mice rescued from the sea.

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Editorial Reviews

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Publishers Weekly It's smooth sailing for Rylant's sweet, sea-inspired tale...(which) will keep young readers turning the pages-and on the lookout for future titles in the series.
Publishers Weekly
It's smooth sailing for Rylant's (the Henry and Mudge series) sweet, sea-inspired tale, first in a new series 0f early chapter book readers. Pandora the cat has weathered her share of rough waters, but for the past four years she has enjoyed her dream job as lighthouse keeper. Even so, she is a little weary of the isolation that comes with it. When a violent storm shipwrecks a sailor dog named Seabold practically on her beacon's doorstep, Pandora's life changes for the better. She and Seabold become great friends and caring companions. Together they take in a trio of orphaned mice, fulfilling the prophecy of the series name. The imminently likable characters magnify the cozy theme that families come in all configurations. With short chapters and the occasional dramatic moment, the text will keep young readers turning the pages and on the lookout for future titles in the series. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 6-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Pandora the cat is a lighthouse keeper, a lonely avocation until Seabold the dog is washed up on shore during a terrible winter storm. She rescues and nurses him back to health, and he is content to remain for a long winter's respite from his travels in the no-longer lonely lighthouse. "Pandora and Seabold told each other stories of their lives and things they had read or seen and what they liked most in the world, or least." Through spring and summer, the two friends share a life, and "Everything at the lighthouse is different." But as September approaches, Seabold readies his boat to return to the sea, and "Pandora felt a small emptiness in her heart." One early fall day, a fierce storm blows in, and with it comes a small, strange vessel. Seabold rescues its occupants, three tiny orphan mice, and Pandora nurses them back to health. They join the dog and cat at the lighthouse, "And after that day, everything was changed.- The lighthouse had a family." This kindhearted Victorian tale, with charming illustrations reminiscent of the work of Beatrix Potter, offers up just enough danger to save it from outright mawkishness. The Storm will captivate young chapter-book readers.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
At her best, Rylant's (The Ticky-Tacky Doll, below, etc.) sweetness and sentiment fills the heart; in this outing, however, sentimentality reigns and the end result is pretty gooey. Pandora keeps a lighthouse: her destiny is to protect ships at sea. She's lonely, but loves her work. She rescues Seabold and heals his broken leg, and he stays on to mend his shipwrecked boat. This wouldn't be so bad but Pandora's a cat and Seabold a dog, although they are anthropomorphized to the max. Then the duo rescue three siblings-mice!-and make a family together, although Rylant is careful to note that Pandora and Seabold each have their own room. Choosing what you love, caring for others, making a family out of love, it is all very well, but this capsizes into silliness. Formatted to look like the start of a new series. Oh, dear. (Fiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689848827
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Lighthouse Family Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 64,027
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

Preston McDaniels is the illustrator of Phineas L. MacGuire...
Erupts!
and Cynthia Rylant's Lighthouse Family series. He lives in
Aurora, Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Pandora

2. Seabold

3. Comfort

4. Companions

5. The Storm

6. Purpose

7. The Rescue

8. Children

9. Family

Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia Rylant

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Fabulous!

    My children (6 & 8) and I read the entire Lighthouse Family series aloud together and thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations have such amazing details -- they tell the story in and of themselves. But the storyline was equally as captivating, and contain a wonderful, unadulterated message. Highly recommend you buy the entire series because your kids will be begging for more!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 3, 2014

    Kit names add-on

    Kit three: Wolfkit <br> Kit four: Jaykit <p> ~Jetfrost and Hawkstar

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    Posted August 3, 2014

    Hawkstar's & Jetfrost's Kits

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    Posted May 11, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Hardly anyone is saying whether this is a good book!

    Now answer me once and for all before I lose my patience-- IS THIS A GOOD BOOK?

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    Posted December 9, 2012

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