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BEACONS OF LIGHT, LIGHTHOUSES

Author: Gail Gibbons

Illustrator: Gail Gibbons

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Publisher: HarperCollins, ©1990

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is an informative book about the different kinds of lighthouses and their history. The different pictures of each lighthouse make the information easy to understand. This is an illustrated, picture book history of lighthouses.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: She enjoyed seeing that there were many different kinds of lighthouses. She thought there was only the kind we had seen at the beach so was excited to see the many others the pictures showed.

Adult Reader Reaction: I picked this book for us. I liked it because it was educational and informative. It kept my interest along with my daughter's. She enjoyed the book and that made me happy as it was educational and yet enjoyable for a child.

Pros: This book offers great information about different kinds of lighthouses and makes it accessible to a young audience. There is a variety of good pictures, along with easy to understand descriptions.

Cons: This is an older book, so it may not appeal to all readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I would buy this book if I knew a child who loved lighthouses. Otherwise, borrow it from your library. Any child who is interested in lighthouses will love this book and want to read it over and over.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE WRECK OF THE ETHIE   TO KEEP THE SOUTH MANITOU LIGHT   THE SEA CHEST

Educational Themes: In addition to teaching children about lighthouses, you can also teach them about being responsible at work.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, transportation

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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