The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

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By (author) Hildegarde Hoyt Swift, Illustrated by Lynd Ward

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  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Format: Hardback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 213mm x 13mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: San Diego, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0152045716
  • ISBN 13: 9780152045715
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Facsimile.
  • Sales rank: 188,605

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On the Manhattan bank of the Hudson River, a small lighthouse--made of steel and painted bright red--proudly protects boats with his faithful beam. One day a great expanse of gray steel, which also shines a bright light into the fog and darkness, is built over it. The little red lighthouse feels insignificant and useless in comparison but soon learns that . . . small can be mighty! A portion of the sales from this book will be donated to the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse education and outreach programs.

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HILDEGARDE H. SWIFT (1890-1977) wrote several books for children. Best known for "The Railroad to Freedom, "which was cited for a Newbery Honor, Ms. Swift spent her life recording the lives of heroic Americans. "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" is her most popular picture book. LYND WARD (1905-1985) illustrated more than two hundred books for children and adults throughout his prolific career. Winner of the Caldecott Medal for his watercolors in "The Biggest Bear, " Mr. Ward was also famous for his wood engravings, which are featured in museum collections throughout the United States and abroad.

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Praise for the original hardcover edition: "Told in the age-old rhythmic style of folklore, this story of modern times is unusually successful."--"Saturday Review" "Magnificent drawings . . . drawn with real understanding of childhood."--"The New York Times" "[A] well-loved story."--"Publishers Weekly"