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Lighthouse Christmas

by Toni Buzzeo
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Published by Dial, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠪037-30533

Ages 4-8

Frances and her younger brother Peter face a lonely Christmas with their father in the island lighthouse where they live. Peter is eager to accept an invitation to spend Christmas with their aunt, even though their father will have to stay behind to keep the light burning. Frances is torn, but agrees. Then weather prevents Frances and Peter from leaving, and a rescued fisherman turns up as an unexpected guest. Frances is determined they will still have Christmas, making the most of what they have on hand to inspire a humble but welcome celebration that turns to one filled with surprise with the sudden sound of a small airplane overhead. The pilot drops a small package containing treats and gifts from 揟he Flying Santa. An author抯 note describing the Flying Santa Service, begun in 1929 to honor Penobscot Bay lighthouse keepers and their families, concludes this compelling and cozy holiday story. Illustrations gracefully capture both the historic setting and the characters feelings, including the love in their home.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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