“Not only does Sara Hoagland Hunter’s new book, The Lighthouse Santa, deliver this much needed holiday balm, it shines a light on a fascinating bit of New England history many of us may not know about. And oh yes, it may just grab the attention of those tech-crazed kids of ours too.”—Concord Monitor
The Lighthouse Santaby Sara Hoagland Hunter, Julia Miner (Illustrator)
For Kate, life at the Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island can be exciting, full of stormy seas and even shipwrecks. But it can also be lonely, with only her mother, father, and brother Sam to keep her company. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and Kate waits in her lighthouse as a blizzard threatens to ruin this most special day. For as long as she can remember,
For Kate, life at the Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island can be exciting, full of stormy seas and even shipwrecks. But it can also be lonely, with only her mother, father, and brother Sam to keep her company. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and Kate waits in her lighthouse as a blizzard threatens to ruin this most special day. For as long as she can remember, the Lighthouse Santa has dropped presents from his airplane for all the lighthouse keepers’ children. But will his plane make it through hurricane winds and blinding snow? Sam says it is impossible, but Kate has been keeping a secret Christmas wish all year long, and she will not give up hope.
Based on the Christmas flights of Edward Rowe Snow, hero to lighthouse children for almost fifty years, The Lighthouse Santa has all the elements of a true Christmas classic: light, love, wonder, and the power of one child’s faith to shine through darkness. From the midst of the howling storm to her own soaring flight with the Lighthouse Santa, Kate must cling to her father’s promise that “Nothing is impossible on Christmas Eve in a lighthouse.”
In their first collaboration since the success of their award-winning picture book The Unbreakable Code, author Sara Hoagland Hunter and illustrator Julia Miner once again shed light on a little-known episode of history.
- Flying Dog Stories & University Press of New England
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Dolly Snow Bicknell, daughter of Edward Rowe Snow
Meet the Author
SARA HOAGLAND HUNTER is the author of eight previous books for children, including The Unbreakable Code, the award-winning story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, also illustrated by Julia Miner. A lifelong New Englander, she has always been drawn to the seashore and the magic of lighthouses. Through her art and design work, JULIA MINER celebrates the gifts we receive from our past, affirming ageless values such as heroism and regional identity.
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What a wonderful children's book this is! The story of the real Lighthouse Santa, Edward R. Snow, is an endearing one and the book is beautifully illustrated. While set in coastal New England, the story of giving and of a child's wish for a friend is a story for all geographies. I have loved giving them as presents to children, as holiday hostess gifts, and to my grandmother friends to read to their grandchildren.