Celia's Lighthouse

Celia's Lighthouse

By: Anne Molloy
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1949

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Have you ever wanted to live in a lighthouse? Celia Laighton Thaxter, the fascinating nineteenth century poetess, spent most of her girlhood in one—the Isles of Shoals light off Portsmouth, N.H., which is still standing. This is her story from the moment her father was made keeper of the light (she was five) until her marriage.

The book gives a memorable picture of Celia and this storm-swept Atlantic outpost, and shows that there is excitement and ever-changing interest for a child even on a tiny island. Celia learned to swim, even though at that time is wasn't "correct" for girls. She helped care for the light and came to know the passing ships and birds as friends. There were terrifying experiences, too, such as the big storm of the second winter, and the time Betsey, the cow, caught her foot in a crevice.

Older girls will especially enjoy watching Celia grow up, discover her poetic talent, and fall in love with her young schoolmaster. The whole book is full of drama, excitement, and also some remarkably fine writing.

Ursula Koering's pictures make even more real this girl's unusual life surrounded by the sea.

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