The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge Gift Set: Night-light and Book

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9780152045746: The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge Gift Set: Night-light and Book

Lighthouses have guided sailors, adventurers, and dreamers throughout the world for centuries. This classic story of the proud little lighthouse that stands on the Manhattan bank of the Hudson River, beneath the George Washington Bridge, is paired for the first time with a beaming night-light, sure to make any room a safe and welcoming harbor. Both charming and timeless, this handsome set will be a bright addition to any home.

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First published in 1942, this well-loved story about a Manhattan lighthouse who's feeling overshadowed by his new "big brother" (the George Washington bridge) has been rereleased in its original format, along with a plastic night-light that pictures the famous landmark.

As the bright-red lighthouse watches the gigantic gray bridge go up overhead--equipped with its own fog-penetrating lights, no less!--the spirited little guy starts to feel pretty inadequate. But with some gentle reassurance, the wise steel bridge convinces him that we all have a purpose we can take pride in. ("I call to the airplanes," cried the bridge. "I flash to the ships of the air. But you are still master of the river. Quick, let your light shine again. Each to his own place, little brother!")

The timeless book owes its popularity to both Hildegarde H. Swift (who won a Newbery Honor for writing 1933's The Railroad to Freedom) and Caldecott-winning artist Lynd Ward, whose original watercolors appear here for the first time in print. And although the 3-1/2-inch-tall night-light included might not be any great shakes, the gift box provides a nice package for passing on this sweet story to another generation. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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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