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Birdies Lighthouse Deborah Hopkinson

Birdies Lighthouse

Deborah Hopkinson

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ISBN : 9780765599933
Hardcover
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Author Deborah Hopkinson drew from 19th-century lighthouse keepers diaries to inform this story of Birdie [Bertha] Holland, who, as we meet her on her 10th birthday, learns that her sailor father has been named keeper of Maines Turtle IslandMoreAuthor Deborah Hopkinson drew from 19th-century lighthouse keepers diaries to inform this story of Birdie [Bertha] Holland, who, as we meet her on her 10th birthday, learns that her sailor father has been named keeper of Maines Turtle Island lighthouse. The family will move to the cold, rocky island whose light guards the lives of seagoers. Birdie learns to clip the lamp wicks and polish the reflectors that light the way. Papa ... isnt sure a girl can do it, but I know I can learn to keep the light. I wont let him down.And she doesnt. In a huge storm, Birdie tends the light alone, clinging to railings in the wind and blowing waves as she follows the life-and-death ritual that keeps the ships from harm.... Papa is so proud of me he told everyone in the village how I kept the lamps burning, Birdie tells us. Young readers will be pretty proud of her too.[The publisher suggests ages 4-9 for this book- older readers with a touch of the romantic in them may enjoy it also.]