Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 4

B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet 
by Helen L. Wilbur. February 2016. 32 pages.

From Amazon: "The Great Lakes, with the rivers, canals, and channels that connect them, form one of the busiest waterways in the world. Lighthouses were needed to secure the safety of ships over these freshwater seas. But over the hundreds of years since the first lighthouse was established on the Great Lakes in 1781, these structures have come to represent something beyond their initial navigational function. Often situated on remote and beautiful shorelines, lighthouses hold a special fascination for people, serving as symbols of courage, perseverance, safety, and comfort. B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet uses poetry and expository text in this alphabetical exploration of the history of lighthouses on the Great Lakes, detailing famous structures, local lore, as well as notable moments in Great Lakes history."

My thoughts: As a resident of Michigan for my entire life, I've visited many many lighthouses along "the big lake". Especially when they were involved in finding letterboxes. But I'll admit they don't hold the historical appeal for me that they do for other people. This book, while full of history and interesting information, isn't something I would purchase myself. BUT I did find my 6-year-old curled up on the couch with it one day, so maybe some summer we will do some family traveling to visit the places mentioned!

I do LOVE these alphabet books that Sleeping Bear Press creates. They always have a short rhyming sentence or two for each letter, as well as additional information for parents or more advanced readers. They have one for every state in the U.S., plus so many other topics. The company also provides downloadable teacher's guides for many of their books.

Recommended Age: 6-9 years

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