From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND!
Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly for her younger brother, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. After all, would Santa even know how to find them in this faraway spot? But when Christmas Eve is ushered in on a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together.
As in all great Christmas stories, a happy ending is in store, and Santa finds them after all. Cozy and nostalgic, this story was inspired by the Flying Santa program, a New England tradition since 1929. It's the perfect book for a family to read together in front of the fire on Christmas morning.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||10.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten, The Sea Chest, and the Caldecott Honor winner One Cool Friend. She and her husband, Ken, divide their time between Sarasota, Florida and Buxton, Maine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lighthouse Christmas, written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, is an uplifting story of courage, compassion, and sacrifice. The story reflects the perils and joys of lighthouse keeper families in providing safe travel to others crossing our mighty waters. The Christmas countdown is on! This story recounts an unforgettable Christmas for little Peter; his older sister, Frances; their papa; and an affectionate one-eared cat. The family has recently transferred to a remote island lighthouse after the mother's passing. Frances has begun to fill her mother's shoes. She lovingly tends to the every need of her energetic, younger brother as Mama would have wished. Little did the family expect an oncoming nor'easter storm for their first Christmas on the island. What excitement and unknowing surprises await them in the face of this dangerous storm? Will Christmas come to their lonely island? Lighthouse Christmas is a sensory story of excellence. The reader will hear the creak, crack sounds of an old house, taste the memory of buttery sugar cookies, smell the freshness of the ornament-laden pine bough, see the lights flicker in the lighthouse tower, and feel the bone chilling waters surrounding the ledges of their island. This Christmas story is a great read for all ages. A fascinating, brave time period in history awaits the reader. There is opportunity to learn more about lighthouse keepers and helpers. Explore the meanings of the larder, to radio, dory and gunnels, to moor, slickers and sou'westers, parlor, and nor'easters. The Ledge Light Family discovers many valuable economic lessons throughout the story. They learn the true meaning of giving, conserving, re-gifting, accepting daily chores and tasks goodheartedly, and protecting their environment. The children even cut a bough to decorate for Christmas--and save a tree! In a sense, Lighthouse Christmas is a very "go green" story! The words of the story are tender and the pictures are beautifully sketched and drenched in warmth!
I bought this for my 8 year old grandson. He read it on Christmas Eve. We both enjoyed it!
This story is about the value & strength of Family during times of hardship, at the holidays, and, really, at all times. Enjoyed learning about the Flying Santas that serve the Lighthouse families, a real program. Recommend it for mid elementary and older kids & adults, especially one who like books based on real-life stories.