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From the Publisher: You may never have heard of a lightship. Once, lightships anchored on waters across America, on the oceans and in the Great Lakes, floating where lighthouses could not be built. Smaller than most ships, but more steadfast, too, they held their spots, through calm and storm, to guide sailors toward safe waters. In these pages one lightship and her crew (and cat) again hold their place. The crew goes again from bow to stern, from keel to mast, to run their engines, shine their lights, and sound their horns. They run the small ship that guides the large ships. They are the crew (and cat) that work to make the ocean safe, that hold their place, so other ships can sail. Come aboard!
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ©2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416924364
Branch Call Number: j 387.2 F628L 2007 Beginning Facts
Characteristics: 38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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forbesrachel May 17, 2015

The first thing you see when you open up the cover is an illustration naming the parts of a boat. A good start which will catch the attention of many a young boy. Floca phrases his story to benefit from the fact that most people don`t know what a lightship is. Why? is constantly in the back of our minds. First he goes about the ship showing what the crew is doing, every so often reminding us that the boat remains anchored to the same place no matter what. Only when the fog rolls in does the purpose of the aptly named lightship become clear. As is explained in the author's note, lightships were used in places "where a lighthouse could not be built." Historical information is also included here. The author does not glorify this life, rather he gives some sense of the monotony, the dedication, the danger, and the importance of this duty. His watercolour illustrations too, while at times beautiful or even humourous, try to give the same impression. This was hard work. Floca does a wonderful job of focusing on the subject, giving the necessary information, as well as a sense of the experience.


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