Sunday, April 19, 2009

TSS Book Review: Sisters of Scituate Light by Stephen Krensky

Buy Sisters of Scituate Light
Sisters of Scituate Light
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Stacey Schuett
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 2008)
Hardcover, $16.99, 32 pages
ISBN-10: 0525477926
ISBN-13: 978-0525477921

During the War of 1812, sisters Abbie and Rebecca Bates are tending Scituate Light while their father makes a brief trip to shore. When a British warship arrives in the harbor, the girls must think quickly to protect their home. Armed with only a fife and drum, the girls play “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. The British, fearing what they assume is the imminent approach of American soldiers, retreat and never return to Scituate Light. Abbie and Rebecca are later hailed as heroines in the community.

Krensky uses the sisters’ own words (gleaned from later accounts of the incident) for the book's dialogue. Vibrant illustrations enrich the retelling of this classic lighthouse legend, although the depiction of the British soldiers as sneering villains is too stereotypical and does not match the style of the rest of the art.

Rating: 8/10.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks like a book I would but on my "To Buy" list for June. I will write it down. Great write up. Thanks for your kind words on my blog.