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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780152045715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152045715
  • ASIN: 0152045716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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Read this book to a kid today.
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My dad read this book to me when I was a kid, and I sought the book out when I had a child.
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This is a fantastic children's story with beautiful illustrations.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bob Keeshan died yesterday and those of us trying to salve the ache of having a key pillar of our youth pass away having been thinking back on and talking about what made "Captain Kangaroo" the "Sesame Street" of its day. In addition to Mr. Greenjeans and Bunny Rabbit, there were the classic children's books that were read to us by the Captain. On a list of beloved books that includes "Make Way for Ducklings," "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel," and "Ping," there is also "The Little Red Lighthouse and Great Gray Bridge." So far everybody I have been talking to about Captain Kangaroo has remembered the book and every one of them has driven under the George Washington Bridge in New York City and seen the Little Red Lighthouse that stands watching over the Hudson River.
I think "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Gray Bridge," written by Hildegard Hoyt Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward, is arguably the most significant of the books we first "read" on "Captain Kangaroo." I have two reasons for this. The first is the powerful metaphor for young children that something little can still be important in a world where some things are much bigger. The second is that the story is "true," in the very real sense that you can see the great gray bridge and see the little red lighthouse, which is never ever going to be torn down just because of this book. The idea that stories can be true is a very important idea for young readers to absorb. I would add the idea that just because something is bigger and newer it is not better, but that certainly would be showing my age, would it not?
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite stories as a child. Recently my group at work passed the lighthouse on a boat trip. I was still able to tell the story almost word for word. It illustrates the joy of being useful and helping others. And that there is a role for everyone, big or small, to be able to make a difference. The personality of the little red lighthouse comes through as if it were a friend you'd known and loved forever.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Once upon a time a little lighthouse was built on a sharp point of the shore by the Hudson River. It was round and fat and red. It was fat and red and jolly. And it was VERY, VERY PROUD. Behind it lay New York City where the people lived..." The little red lighthouse was very quiet by day, watching all the ships and people traveling up and down the river. But by night, it was very busy flashing its lights and ringing its bell to keep the ships away from the rocks and danger. "It felt big and useful and important. What would the boats do without me? it thought." Then one day, everything began to change. Workmen came and dug and dug. Enormous steel girders began to rise over the little lighthouse, and huge, heavy cables were strung between the girders. A great gray bridge grew overhead, spanning the river from shore to shore. It made the little lighthouse feel very small and unimportant..... Originally published in 1942, award winning author Hildegarde Swift's, The Little Red Lighthouse And The Great Gray Bridge is as heartwarming and entertaining today, as it was over sixty years ago. Her engaging text, with its happily-ever-after ending, is complemented by Lynd Ward's charming, playful, and expressive illustrations, and together word and art send a simple message that won't be lost on young children...size doesn't equal importance. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, The Little Red Lighthouse And The Great Gray Bridge includes a fascinating afterword on the back cover about the history of the real lighthouse and bridge, portrayed in this story, to further enlighten. This is a timeless classic, to read and share now with friends and family, and future generations in the years to come.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a child in The Bronx, we visited the Little Red Lighthouse and this story paints a great picture of progress and the way it affects our lives. We may not think we are in with the times but as the lighthouse finds out, there is a place for all of us and people for us to take care of. I first read this book when my son was in 1st grade and now I'm ordering it for his 34th birthday. We've both visited the lighthouse and of course crossed the Great Gray Bridge on our way from the city to the south where we live now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In my youth, I borrowed this book from the library so many times that my parents finally bought it for me. They also took me to see the legendary lighthouse (which still stands, proudly, under the GW Bridge, not far from where I grew up). Now, as an adult, I have had the great pleasure of enriching my nephews' lives with this simple fable of pride and perserverance. I still treasure this book, and hope to share it with my own children one day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1996
Format: Hardcover
The publication date says 1988, but I remember this book from my childhood and would recommend it to anyone with children. It is the story of a small red lighthouse that gets overshadowed by the newly built George Washington Bridge and how the lighthouse comes to terms with that.
The lighthouse really exists in NYC and I grew up not far from it. If you drive north on the West Side Highway and you look towards the bottom of the GW Bridge as you approach it, there stands this brave little lighthouse. Bright red, beaming out to the whole world.
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