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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (1st Avenue) Paperback – July 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: 1st Avenue
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; Reprint edition (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876144547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876144541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-3 Based on a true story of an 1856 storm off the coast of Maine, Abbie's tale is one of endurance and bravery. When her father, the lighthouse keeper, sails off for supplies, he leaves Abbie in charge of lighting the oil lamps in the twin towers of their lighthouse and making sure that they don't go out. When a huge storm hits, preventing her father from returning for four weeks, Abbie keeps those lamps burning, getting up several times each night to climb the towers to check them, scraping ice from the windows so the lights can be seen at sea. In the course of the storm, she also rescues her chickens from a huge wave, thus saving the family's only source of food. The Roops allow the natural drama of Abbie's story to emerge in simple sentences that are sometimes cut up awkwardly, but for the most part they are clear and compelling. An author's note gives the interesting historical basis of the story, but the tale stands alone as an exciting account of a young girl's courage. The vivid watercolor paintings are highly effective in detailing Abbie's job as well as creating atmosphere. All in all, one of the best historical beginning-to-readsa refreshing cold blast of salty real life.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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My granddaughter loved this true story and recommends it highly to any reader!
Nancy J. Reid
I have to say that Maine and the East Coast was 1 of my favorite vacation spots.
lavosters
They'll love the story and will be excited the next time they see a lighthouse!
ERD

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "aleschman" on July 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie is a well-written piece of historical fiction based on Abbie Burgess' own accounts and other historical sources. This information is provided in the note by the authors at the beginning of the book. All incidences appear to be very representative of the life of the time depicted. Abbie's character is developed well. The reader is able to see that Abbie is a strong young girl who does not want to let her family, especially her father, down. She faces the conflict of person vs. self and also person vs. nature is evident in the book. The theme evident in the book is bravery and strength. Abbie had to be brave to keep the lights lit. She needed the strength to overcome her fears and to live up to her father's expectations. The illustrations were beautiful watercolors that set the mood of the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By theboombody VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book gives you an idea of what it was like to operate a lighthouse in the mid 1800's. Sure doesn't sound fun. In that sense the book is very educational, and it give hero status to a deserving individual that most people have never heard of. The only real flaw it has is in the format of its printing. I can't tell where one paragraph starts and another ends, so if I were trying to narrate this thing I would have a hard time knowing where to stop and start as far as the vocal intonation goes. I also think the introduction gives away the whole story on the first page, so it should really be put at the end of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TBD on May 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
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This story is about a real girl who rises to meet a challenge that would frighten any adult. My kindergartner now holds this book near/dear as she sees it as a model of courage/bravery to aspire to. Even more exciting is that this story is based upon a real event in a real girl's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ERD on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie is one of our all-time favorite books for children, in so many ways. It offers a gentle, inspirational, and historical look at life in the 19th century about a little girl who does an extraordinary thing. Like all of the books we've read by these authors, it is beautifully written and well researched -- but the kids don't need to know that! They'll love the story and will be excited the next time they see a lighthouse!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a nice simple story of a girl who is left manning her family's lighthouse when her father is away for some weeks. It's not easy work with the stormy weather experienced, but she perseveres because ships at sea are depending on her for their safety. So, there's a good message of perseverance and responsibility.

The age range given of 4 to 8 years old is definitely appropriate. The story is appropriate for a 3rd-grade reader to be able to read, which means that it's a bit simplistic for children that are much more advanced in their reading. And this sense of being simplistic is exacerbated by the fact that the text has one sentence per line, one after another, with no paragraph breaks. It makes the book feel a bit choppy.

There is an introduction at the beginning that explains the need for lighthouses and that Abbie was a real person. This is on a more sophisticated level and would need to be read by a parent or teacher, but is useful information. The whole plot of the book is spoiled, however, and some of the information should only have been contained in an afterword.

The illustrations are watercolor in type and are nice enough. For whatever reason, half of the illustrations are only black-and-white. I wish they had all been in color.

Overall, this is a worthwhile book. It's a nice one to have on hand for early readers that has historical value and a good moral lesson, but it is not by any means a "must-have."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "aleschman" on July 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie is a well-written piece of historical fiction based on Abbie Burgess' own accounts and other historical sources. This information is provided in the note by the authors at the beginning of the book. All incidences appear to be very representative of the life of the time depicted. Abbie's character is developed well. The reader is able to see that Abbie is a strong young girl who does not want to let her family, especially her father, down. She faces the conflict of person vs. self and also person vs. nature is evident in the book. The theme evident in the book is bravery and strength. Abbie had to be brave to keep the lights lit. She needed the strength to overcome her fears and to live up to her father's expectations. The illustrations were beautiful watercolors that set the mood of the story.
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By Sujen on July 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
beautiful story
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This book arrived in a homeschool literature pack intended for first graders. I had no idea who Abbie Burgess was, but my 5-year-old son had loved the other books in the pack, so I assumed it would be good.

He looked at the cover of the book and frowned. "NO. I want to read something else."

I flipped through the pages, pointing out exciting details and trying to catch his interest with the illustrations.

"NO! I DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT A GIRL!"

Now I consider my household to be fairly modern-minded, and I was appalled to hear such a thing come from my own child's mouth. I resisted the urge to launch into a furious lecture about gender stereotypes, discrimination, and the history of the progressive movement. Instead I quietly - firmly - insisted that my kindergartner at least give the book a try. Ok, I bribed him with treats. But this was serious now. We were NOT turning away literature because of gender. HE WAS GOING TO READ THIS THING.

He opened the book and began grudgingly reading aloud.

That didn't last long. His attitude, I mean. ;)

This has become my son's FAVORITE school book this year. He is absolutely riveted by the story of this heroine. I have never seen him so emotionally involved with a character's plight. His literature program suggested reading just a few pages a day, but he was BEGGING to keep going. "Please! I have to know what Abbie will do!" He has re-read it at least a dozen times. He wanted to learn about Maine, and lighthouses, and he was so excited to discover that this story involves a real place and a real girl.

"She's so brave!" he cries, again and again, waving the pictures in my face.
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