Saturday, February 09, 2008

8. Lightship

by Brian Floca

I buy over 500 children's books a year for my library, but it's hard to find time at work to read them. This is one of two I checked out at the local library, because it's been out of stock with our book supplier since it was named a 2008 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. Author and illustrator Brian Floca uses ink and watercolor illustrations with interesting perspectives (and an ever-present curious cat) to tell us about lightships, essentially floating lighthouses in use in the United States through 1983. My husband, a recreational sailor, loved the cutaway view in the end papers of the Ambrose, Light Ship (or LS) 87, now docked at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. Floca provides historical footnotes in his acknowledgments and author's note that will be appreciated by adults and older readers.

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