By Author / Illustrator
Hachette Children's Group
Paperback / softback
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...
With beautiful illustrations from Sophie Blackall - the artist behind New York Times bestseller, Finding Winnie.
\"I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book is published this year\" - New York Times
\"A jewel of a creation\" - Publishers Weekly
Hello Lighthouse is the new story written by Sophie Blackall, author of Hello Winnie. The beautifully written story is about a lighthouse keeper and his time living in a lighthouse. The story starts with a new lighthouse keeper moving in and him getting used to living in a lighthouse, with all the quirks. The story highlights the importance of the lighthouse and the keeper and how it protects the ships. When his wife moves in, they start a family and the lighthouse keeper and his wife have to get used to that. When the modern lamps arrive and the lighthouse keeper is not needed he has to move away, but the lighthouse is never too far away for him. The story is gorgeous and simple to follow for younger readers, especially with the repetition throughout. The images are beyond stunning and perfect accompaniment to the story. I love the fold out pictures and the cut out of the home, showing every room and what the lighthouse looks like inside. The book is all about change, family, weather and the importance of lighthouses. I can see this being used in a wide range of lessons or just a lovely addition to the bookshelf. This is probably one of the best picture books I have read for a long time and will be looking out for more by this author! 40 pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+