Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

Hello Lighthouse
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Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

Winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal

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…

With beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Medal Winner, Sophie Blackall - the artist behind New York Times bestseller, FINDING WINNIE. 

Review

Lighthouses have an iconic charm, but beyond the pristine whiteness fables of shipwrecks and smugglers swirl around them. And then, there is the reality of staffing and maintaining them which was a twenty-four-hour, year-long occupation before automation.

Sophie Blackall’s splendid aerial perspectives and gorgeously rendered weather patterns show the drama and isolation of this life, but luckily the lighthouse keeper in this story is joined by his wife and the loneliness is alleviated. The dramas and seasons are atmospherically portrayed with a delicate sensitivity and just the right amount of prose to appeal to an audience of 3+.


Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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