Who Sees the Lighthouse?

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Blink-flash, flash.
Swirl around, twirl around.
The long, narrow beam Slices the night.
Who sees the light?

You can't imagine who can see the light from the lighthouses around the country in this gorgeous counting book. For lighthouse afficionados and children learning their numbers, this book is an innovative, delightful blend of fact and ...

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Overview

Blink-flash, flash.
Swirl around, twirl around.
The long, narrow beam Slices the night.
Who sees the light?

You can't imagine who can see the light from the lighthouses around the country in this gorgeous counting book. For lighthouse afficionados and children learning their numbers, this book is an innovative, delightful blend of fact and fiction. From one watchful sailor to nine strange creatures living on Mars-who sees the light? Count along and find out!

The endpapers will list all the lighthouses from the east coast, west coast and Great Lakes region.

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Publishers Weekly
Once again, Laroche (Bridges Are to Cross) uses minutely detailed cut-paper and paint to create three-dimensional pictures with remarkable depth and height, too, since his theme is lighthouses. Fearrington's (Christmas Lights) refrain gives the book its narrative structure: "Blink flash, flash. Swirl around, twirl around. Who sees the light?" The answer one sailor, two pilots, three gulls, etc. builds with each successive spread. The theme affords Laroche the opportunity to portray a panoply of American beacons from different vantage points, each one casting its light across the sea and sky (information about all 11 lighthouses pictured appears on the final page). Readers view the open latticework tower of the Sanibel Island Light, for example, from the edge of the shore, as four green turtles, their scales and shells exquisitely articulated, wriggle "onto land, Ready to lay eggs In the warm, damp sand." But several spreads break the predictability of the pattern: for the number five, Laroche zooms within inches of a Fresnel lens, where a quintet of fan-like luna moths alight on its surface; for the number nine, Fearrington fancies that even Martians can be entranced by the lighthouse's endless beams. A handsome salute to a seafaring institution and proof that even grownups take comfort in nightlights. All ages. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This counting book has so much going for it that the inexplicable and jarring turn it takes at number seven is disappointing. Its most outstanding feature is Laroche's artwork-a mixture of drawing, painting, and paper-cutting on a variety of surfaces-that offers exquisite detail, from white-capped waves to feathery moth antennae to architectural features on the carefully rendered buildings. And there are more delights to this book: an afterword on the history of lighthouses; a key to the 11 found in the book; and handsome endpapers that list American lighthouses in continuous rows, state by state. The text starts out strongly, with a refrain about the flashing light and a question that repeats, "Who sees the light?" For the numbers one through six, the objects counted are nautical and/or real life: a sailor, airplane pilots, seagulls, turtles, luna moths, and whales. At this point, the sentence structure changes and the items to be counted are either non-nautical (kittens), non-real (ghost pirates), or both (Martians). This change in course seems problematic, but maybe those who are attracted to the striking art won't mind the choppy ride.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Incredibly textured and detailed illustrations, created by a combination of drawing, painting, and cut- and torn-paper collage, enhance the simple, rhyming text in this counting book focused on lighthouses. Each spread features a beautiful portrait of a lighthouse at night, with its beam cutting the darkness, as well as the beings who observe the light: one sailor, two pilots, three seagulls, and so on, up to nine Martians. The space creatures add levity to the otherwise dark and quiet beauty of the illustrations and the refrain-"Blink-flash, flash. / Swirl around, twirl around. Who sees the light?"-although they're a bit of a distraction since all the other scenarios are at least known to be possible. Some spreads, including one picturing five yellow-green luna moths so close to the blinding light source that the lighthouse itself isn't visible, are truly stunning. An author's note provides some facts on lighthouse history as well as a list of all the lighthouses featured and their geographically diverse locations. More lighthouses than readers may realize exist are listed on the endpapers, grouped by state. Those interested in further study of these historic structures will probably already know how to count, but the intricate and compelling illustrations hold interest for a wide age range. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399237034
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/8/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 11.84 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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