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Lighthouse dog to the rescue
Perrow, Angeli, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Camden, ME : Down East Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A fictionalized account of how Spot, a springer spaniel living on Penobscot Bay in the 1930's, loves to ring the lighthouse bell, and uses that skill to guide the mailboat safely through a storm.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 48055.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Based on actual events, Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue tells the story of Spot, the dog of a lighthouse keeper's family. When the light is crippled by a storm, Spot's excited barking guides the mail boat captain safely into the harbor.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Stories of dogs' intelligence, acute senses, and unrelenting dedication to their work can be so astounding as to be almost unbelievable. This is one of those gripping, true narratives that reinforce dogs' reputation as "man's best friend." Spot was the lighthouse dog of Owls Head Light in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Like the lighthouse keeper, Gus Hamor, Spot loved his life and its responsibilities. It was Spot who would bark at the first sight of fog, alerting Gus to light the lamp and sound the bell to guide ships to safety. One night when a blizzard renders the warning light useless and the bell is silenced by a blanket of ice, it falls to Spot to bring the mail boat's captain safely home. Perrow and Harris meld their talents to evoke the purposeful and loving life of a lighthouse family in the 1930s and, using satisfying verbal and visual details, recount Spot's story with riveting drama and charming grace. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This story is based on the experiences of a real family who kept the Owls Head Lighthouse in Maine during the 1930s. Spot, a springer spaniel, belongs to Pauline and Millie, daughters of the keeper, and his role in the plot is foreshadowed as he learns to communicate with passing boats, barking and pulling the warning bell. The mail carrier and other boat captains blow their whistles in a return greeting. When a blizzard hits, the lighthouse beam is barely visible through the thick curtain of snow, and the warning bell is encrusted in a thick layer of ice. When the dog hears the sounds of the mail carrier's engine, he barks his signals, making it possible for the captain to chart a sure course home. The watercolor illustrations are a bit stiff in portraying the people but are effective in conveying a sense of place and the desperate situation caused by the raging storm. An appealing dog, the romance of the lighthouse setting, and the drama of a real-life event make this an entertaining addition.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.