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Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Janet Wilson
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March 1 2006 Robert Munsch
A moving story of love and remembrance — for anyone who has ever lost a loved one.

Young Sarah can't sleep following her grandpa's funeral, so she wakes up her dad in the middle of the night. He agrees to take her where Grandpa used to take him as a boy — the lighthouse. On the way there, Sarah and her dad drink coffee and eat donuts — just as Grandpa would have liked. When they climb to the top of the lighthouse, Sarah throws a flower out to sea in her grandpa's memory.

Inspired after a reading in Antigonish, when a little girl gave Robert Munsch a drawing of a lighthouse at night with a car driving up to it, Lighthouse is a tender story about honouring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive. Janet Wilson's detailed and dramatic illustrations add a warm and gentle touch to a sensitive topic.


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Grade 1-3-Echoing the sentimentality of his Love You Forever (Firefly, 1986), Munsch tells the story of a girl, her father, and the memories they share of a beloved relative. Sarah awakens her father in the middle of the night to visit a nearby lighthouse, a tradition begun by her grandfather. They dress quietly and travel through deserted streets, all the while talking about Grandpa. When they find the door to the lighthouse unlocked, they climb to the top. The girl yells "Grandpa!" into the night sky; her father poignantly replies that her grandfather is not going to answer. She tosses a flower that she had saved from his funeral into the ocean, and vows to someday come back again with her own child. Wilson's richly colored and textured oil-on-canvas illustrations capture the somber mood as well as the warmth of the father-daughter relationship. However, while fog is described and depicted numerous times, the stars twinkle brightly in the lighthouse scenes. Still, young readers will be comforted by the characters' matter-of-factness in confronting death and take strength from the promised continuity of a family tradition.
Mary Ann Carcich, Hampton Bays Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Lighthouse:

"Lighthouse begs to be compared to Munsch's classic best-seller and a personal favourite, Love You Forever." — CM Magazine

Awards:

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2004.
  • Winner, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award Gold Award, 2003.
  • Finalist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004.
  • Ruth Schwartz Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2004.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Jan. 3 2013
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great story by a great author. I can relate to the story of a lighthouse as they are my peace and relaxing thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Beautiful Book! April 5 2004
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Format:Hardcover
A wonderful story of a father and daughter reliving memories of the grandfather, who often took the father to visit the lighthouse near their home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Well-written, as is usual for Robert Munsch, and the illustrations are beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the style of "Love You Forever" Dec 12 2003
By "iam2busy" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Another classic Munsch book. Written in the style of "Love You Forever" If you don't like the sad endings you might want to stay away from this book. If your child is coping with the loss of a Grandparent I would definitely recommend this book. It gives a wonderful message of remembrance and tradition and the importance of what parents pass down to their children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Beautiful Book! April 5 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful story of a father and daughter reliving memories of the grandfather, who often took the father to visit the lighthouse near their home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Well-written, as is usual for Robert Munsch, and the illustrations are beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story July 7 2010
By Robert T. Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great story about a little girl's midnight trip to a lighthouse, complete with maple icing donuts! My son, who normally does not like traditional kids stories, loves this one!
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