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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge: Restored Edition Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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Lynd Ward's magnificent drawings have a fine sweep and power; at the same time they are drawn with real understanding of childhood."- -The New York Times
"There is just enough humanizing in the pictures . . . to maintain the human spirit of the story and lead to its message: 'Each to his own place, little brother.'"- -New York Herald Tribune
About the Author
HILDEGARDE HOYT SWIFT (1890-1977) wrote several books for children. Best known for The Railroad to Freedom, which was cited for a Newbery Honor in 1933, M. Swift spent her life recording the lives of heroic Americans. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge is her most popular picture book.
LYND WARD (1905-1985) illustrated more than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his prolific career. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1952 for his watercolors in The Biggest Bear, Mr. Ward was also famous for his wood engravings which can be seen in museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.
LYND WARD (1905-1985) illustrated more than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his prolific career. Winner of the Caldecott Medal for his watercolors in The Biggest Bear, Mr. Ward was also famous for his wood engravings, which are featured in museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Top Customer Reviews
I think "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Gray Bridge," written by Hildegard Hoyt Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward, is arguably the most significant of the books we first "read" on "Captain Kangaroo." I have two reasons for this. The first is the powerful metaphor for young children that something little can still be important in a world where some things are much bigger. The second is that the story is "true," in the very real sense that you can see the great gray bridge and see the little red lighthouse, which is never ever going to be torn down just because of this book. The idea that stories can be true is a very important idea for young readers to absorb. I would add the idea that just because something is bigger and newer it is not better, but that certainly would be showing my age, would it not?Read more ›
When I was 6, my parents took me to the famous lighthouse, and took a series of pictures that still hangs on my wall. My parents and I are planning soon to recreate that trip, take the same pictures... only with my own son in them now. All of this inspired by a wonderful book that still lives on as a classic childrens' fable.
During my childhood, I passed by the Lighthouse coming and going to my grandmother's home in Brooklyn. The last time I saw it (as an adult), was several years ago through a telescope atop the World Trade Center.
Most recent customer reviews
Thank you for carrying this book. I gave this book to a lady in our organization, who also looks after her Grandchildren. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003
again. That's right. For all of you, like me, who loved this book as a child, the story you can share with your children is now even more wonderful. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002
This is one of the books that I remember vividly from my early childhood.
It came with a 45rpm record that you could read along with, but I've never been able to find a CD or... Read more
This was one of my favorite stories as a child. Recently my group at work passed the lighthouse on a boat trip. I was still able to tell the story almost word for word. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2000
As a child in The Bronx, we visited the Little Red Lighthouse and this story paints a great picture of progress and the way it affects our lives. Read morePublished on March 24 1999
There is nothing better than sharing a piece of your childhood with your children. This book, with its sounds and style, has been my favorite since I was two, and now is a... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 1998
In my youth, I borrowed this book from the library so many times that my parents finally bought it for me. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 1997
This is one of the fondest books of my childhood -- along with _Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel_. Read morePublished on June 8 1997