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If I Were A Lighthouse: A Rhyme for Young Readers (QuickTurtle Books Presents: Rhyme for Young Readers) Paperback – November 18, 2017
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Author Richard Rensberry offered us several of his books to review. T has been playing with rhymes a ton lately, so we were optimistic about his rhyming books.
A lighthouse's functions are described in a poem.
Using rhyme and repetition, a narrator imagines what it might be like to be a lighthouse. Most of the vocabulary used is accessible to a young audience, but one of the final pages was a bit beyond T. Each page shows a different lighthouse, and being in Massachusetts, I immediately assumed that these were Eastern seaboard structures. About halfway through our first reading, however, I had to readjust my interpretation, as the Great Lakes were mentioned. I would like to know if these are specific lighthouses that we could find along the lakeshores. Regardless, this could be used not just for rhymes but also as a springboard for a lake or lighthouse conversation. Before our next visit to Lake Erie, we will have to read this and talk about what we might look for and see.
(age 3 years)
V: Is there anything special about this book?
T: It has a lighthouse in it. And lots of rhymes.
V: What did you like about it?
T: I like that it had a lighthouse.
V: What did it make you think about?
T: Think about real lighthouses...because lighthouses are real.
V: If you could be any building, what would you want to be?...Why?
T: A tower because towers are very neat.
V: Is there anything neat about lighthouses?
T: Yeah, it is a lighthouse. It is a house and a light!
V: Do you have a favorite page?
T: This page ... I like the "[storms that hammer my cliffs]." Bang Bang.
V: Did you have any questions about this book?
T: Why did it have a lighthouse in it?
T: This reminds me of Switzerland.
V: How does it remind you of Switzerland?
T: 'Cuz Switzerland has ducks and we liked to feeded the ducks.
V: And what does that have to do with the lighthouse?
T: That has to do with the lighthouse...the connection is that lighthouses are with water.
From the Author
We live in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. Lighthouses line the shores of all of our Great Lakes. I grew up on the shores of Lake Huron and fished the river outlets of Lake Superior. Many a lighthouse can be seen winking through the night. All told, we have well over hundred lighthouses around the mitt. I think kids love to dream and fantasize about ships and lighthouses, thus I felt compelled to write I Wish I Were A Lighthouse.
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