On a snowy nineteenth-century winter night, the lighthouse keeper and his daughter bring in the farm animals before the little girl goes to bed, secure in the knowledge that her father is up in the lighthouse, keeping watch to protect passing ships.
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Creatively composed of minuscule dots and razor-thin lines, Briggs's pointillistic, pastel-toned pictures give this gentle book its luster. Inspired by the true story of a lighthouse keeper who lived on a Maine island 100 years ago, the middling verse and intimate paintings offer a snapshot of his family's life on a seaside farm during a snowy winter. Only three scenes feature the ocean: an introductory image of the exterior of the lighthouse, the father standing guard in the lighthouse tower and, lastly, a schooner passing the lighthouse at night. More often, the volume focuses on the warmth of the farmhouse's cozy interior and the contrasting snow-filled outdoors: "Island home built snug and true/ Where the stone hearth's fire glows./ Mama bakes while Papa leaves/ To bring the flock in from the snow." Youngsters will likely be drawn to the cherubic son who accompanies his father as he ushers sheep, goats and a horse into the barn and then snuggles with both parents before settling into his quilt-covered bed. Though Briggs's poetry has a suitably lulling cadence, the rhyme scheme sometimes stumbles (e.g., home/stone; scenes/dreams). Still, this pleasing period portrait should have considerable appeal for sea lovers everywhere. Ages 4-8.
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