The Lighthouse Children
Author: Syd Hoff
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's (1994)
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.
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