Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

  • Title: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
  • Author: Peter and Connie Roop
  • Illustrator: Peter E. Hanson
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books & The Lerner Group
  • Publication year: 1985
  • Brief Summary: From Lerner-“She had never had to keep the lights burning by herself. But many lives depended on the lighthouse, and Papa was depending on Abbie. This is the exciting true story of Abbie Burgess, who in 1856 single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a tremendous storm off the coast of Maine.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think that though this book was published in 1985, it still has a lot of educational merit. It can be used in a history class, or even in a class touching on geography and the weather. I found this great teacher’s guide from the United States Lighthouse Society that includes many PDFs of activities, including about lighthouses, geography of Matinicus Rock, and the life of Abbie Burgess.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I liked that there was an Author’s Note at the beginning on the life of Abbie Burgess. I also liked the way the illustrations were set up, with a black and white drawings on every other page.

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