Monday, November 17, 2008

Review: The Lighthouse Children (I Can Read Book 1) by Syd Hoff

The Lighthouse Children
Author: Syd Hoff
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's (1994)
ISBN-10: 0060229586
ISBN-13: 978-0060229580

Sam and Rose live in a lighthouse by the sea. Although the elderly couple has no children, they’re incredibly devoted to the 100 sea gulls that fly to the lighthouse each day. They feed the gulls and watch out for them as the birds play in the ocean. Every night the sea gulls fly away, but they faithfully return the next morning to see Sam and Rose.

When a terrible storm completely destroys the lighthouse, Sam and Rose move inland. They enjoy their new home and new neighbors, but miss their beloved sea gulls. Rose devises a plan to lead the gulls to their new home. Ultimately, they are joyously reunited with their “lighthouse children”.

It may be puzzling to an older reader why the couple, who have just lost everything, would leave what little they do have left (their “children”, as they lovingly refer to the sea gulls). While the art is bright and engaging, the lighthouse looks more like a baby’s bottle than a lighthouse beacon. However, the sweet story, colorful art and rhyming names of the sea gulls (“Hank, Frank, Molly, and Dolly!”) in this easy reader will be very inviting to young children.

Rating: 8/10.

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  1. Classic Syd Hoff! We have several of his "I Can Read" books. *Danny and the Dinosaur* are favorites. I haven't seen *The Lighthouse Children*, but I'll look for it now.

  2. I guess I am too old for it, huh? But it has a lighthouse in it. And gulls...I love the sound of gulls.

  3. Dawn, I'm pretty sure I read some of his books as a kid, but I can't remember which ones. I know my school library had almost an entire shelf of these.

    Caite, you might be just a tad over the target audience. ;) It's a cute story, though! (Also, stay tuned, I'm working on a bibliography of children's lighthouse books, so I'll have more titles to tempt you with!)

    Veens, it is a cute little book. This brought back memories from when I was starting to read.