Sisters of Scituate Light
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Stacey Schuett
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 2008)
Hardcover, $16.99, 32 pages
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.
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