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Lighthouses for kids : history, science, and lore with 21 activities
House, Katherine L. (Katherine Lucille)
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2008.
Physical Description:
x, 118 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
A history of lighthouses that served as traffic signals and maps.
Growing up at a lighthouse -- Why lighthouses? -- Field guide to U.S. lighthouses -- Amazing construction stories -- Science behind lighthouses -- Keep the lights burning! -- Lighthouses today.
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VK1013 .H68 2008 Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Bringing to life an era when rivers, lakes, and oceans were the nation's highways and lighthouses served as traffic signals and maps, this comprehensive reference provides children with an in-depth history of lighthouses and firsthand stories of the challenges faced by lighthouse keepers. Filled with engaging activities such as learning how to tie a bowline knot and building a model lighthouse, this unique book also includes a field guide to U.S. lighthouses, places to visit, a time line, glossary, websites to explore, and a reading list for further study.

Author Notes

Katherine L. House is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New York Times , The Washington Post , FamilyFun magazine, FamilyTree magazine, and the New Jersey Lighthouse Society's newsletter. She has visited more than 100 lighthouses in the U.S. and Canada.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This book is noteworthy for the way in which the activities are related to the information in the text. The opening stories about keepers' kids will engage readers. Details of personal experiences, such as a "flying Santa," women keepers, and life aboard a lightship, appear in boxed insets. While making a lighthouse cake or a sponge painting is more fun than scientific, other projects demonstrate the science behind these structures. Readers learn about the challenges of building them, inventions to make them more reliable, and how lighthouses function as historical relics today. The numerous black-and-white reproductions and photos are informational but often poorly reproduced.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.