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Miss Colfax's Light

In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor, especially since there were very few female lighthouse keepers in the country at that time. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology.

This true story focuses on Harriet's commitment and determination to fulfilling her charge and living life on her own terms. Excerpts from her actual log, an author's note, and a glossary are included.

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"Harriet's story begins in pictures, with a verso spread showing her traveling by boat to the lighthouse with all her possessions. Ewen's illustrations, which appear to be watercolors with fine-lined detail, add excitement to this story, helping readers imagine the subject's difficult life. The artist varies their size and shape, using vignettes to show the tedium of daily chores and, at one point, using a dramatic cutaway of the keeper's house to emphasize the challenge of the twice-nightly climb to the light....Bissonette dramatizes Harriet's story with events the keeper had noted in her journal and with reiterations of her determination ('I can do this.')" -- Kathleen Isaacs, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 to 9
Author Aimee Bissonette
Illustrator Eileen Ryan Ewen
ISBN 1585369551
Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Language English