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Flora Martus lived on Elba Isle near Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1900s. She, her brother, and her father were the lighthouse keepers there, and Flora loved watching the ships pass back and forth. But the life of a lighthouse keeper is a lonely one, and Flora missed playing with other children. Her father comforted her with the idea that ...

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Overview

"Waites's watercolors are pleasingly old-fashioned, with romantic flair for the scenery and costume of the times."
--School Library Journal

Flora Martus lived on Elba Isle near Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1900s. She, her brother, and her father were the lighthouse keepers there, and Flora loved watching the ships pass back and forth. But the life of a lighthouse keeper is a lonely one, and Flora missed playing with other children. Her father comforted her with the idea that she would always be a light for others.
For more than sixty years, Flora Martus happily waved to the passing ships, which were her nearest neighbors. It became a tradition for passing ships to honk their horns or blow their whistles at the girl, and then the woman, waving from the lighthouse. Flora's fame spread across the globe, and she sometimes received exotic gifts from far-off places, all addressed to "The Waving Girl."
As time passed, Flora was left to run the lighthouse with her brother, and before long, when they grew old, it was time for someone else to run the lighthouse. For Flora's seventieth birthday, Savannah honored its beloved waving girl by throwing a party for three thousand people. A bronze statue in her honor was erected on the south end of River Street in Savannah, Georgia, in 1971.
Author J. B. Nicholas is a former third-grade teacher who now writes full time. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a graduate of Wheaton College. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her family.
Illustrator Joan C. Waites is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and also illustrated the Pelican book "Moon's Cloud Blanket," a Storytelling World Award Honor Title for 2004. Ms. Waites lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801851
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

J. B. Nicholas is a former third-grade teacher who now writes full time. She is a member of the Society of Childrenís Book Writers and
Illustrators and a graduate of Wheaton College. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio,
with her family.

Joan C. Waites has illustrated numerous Pelican titles, including Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, The Waving Girl, and Moon's Cloud Blanket, which was an IRA/CBC Children's Choice Program 2004 Selection. She has also been awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award (2001) and the Educational Press Award from Hopscotch magazine for her illustrations, and has been featured in Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. She lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC

    I have to say this is one of my new favorites and is a MUST for all readers of all ages. pick up your copy today and be ready for a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    This is a Great Book!

    The Waving Girl is a story that captivates the minds of both young and old. I recommend that you see for yourself by purchasing this book. It's a great read and is sure to become a bestseller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    Not just for children!

    This lyric piece honors a Savannah legend and challenges readers to 'be a light anyway they can'! A wonderful book for children and adults alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    Outstanding

    This is a piece of literary genuis, J.B. Nicholas has struck gold with this children's book. I have a feeling this author has a great future ahead of her.

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