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Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse

Published: 2 May 2019

Paperback / softback, 48 pages

Recommended for age 7+

By Sophie Blackall

Published by Hachette Children's Group

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A beautiful picture book about hope, change and the passing of time. Winner of the Caldecott Medal 2019.

On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.

From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold.

But change is on the horizon...

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Hello Lighthouse is slice of nostalgia. Lighthouses have always held a romantic, old fashioned charm. Now mostly unused, some children genuinely are unaware of their purpose or history. This beautiful book from Sophie Blackall changes that and provides them with an insight into the building that, ‘stands at the edge of the world and is built to last forever.’

The illustrations have an old fashioned edge, appearing to be drawn in coloured pencil. They are clear and well presented. There is no futurist animation or computer copy print here. With beautiful cross-sections of the lighthouse providing an insight into how people lived in them, this is as much non-fiction as fiction, and the book is sure to become a bedtime story favourite that inspires many trips to the seaside.

Storms, shipwrecks, snow and births are all part of life in the lighthouse for the keeper and his wife, and this is a real story of hope and hardship that goes some way to helping adults and children alike imagine what life may have been like.

This is perfectly placed for children of 4-7 years to be read to, but also to be enjoyed by older readers that can access the text independently and draw comparisons to stories such as The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat. Pick up a copy of Hello Lighthouse and let it light your way.