Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (On My Own History) c.1

by Abbie Burgess

Other authorsPeter Roop (Author), Peter E. Hanson (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1985


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EZ-3 BU c.1


First Avenue Editions ™ (1985), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.

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LibraryThing member DLWilson1831
This book was about a young girl named Abbie. In the past, lighthouses have warned sailors of coastal dangers. Lighthouses kept lamps lit to warn sailors of the coast. Abbie's father, Captain Burgess, had to go after needed supplies. Abbie was left in charge of her sisters and sick mother. Abbie
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was unsure she could handle such responsibilities, but her father assured her she could. Shortly after her father leaving, there was a horrible storm. Abbie kept the lamps burning, took care of her mom and her sisters. By the end of the story, her Dad had returned and she found a new restored fate in this responsibility she endured.

I did not like the book all that much. I guess may be its because I can't relate very well to this time in history. I did enjoy the fact that the girl Abbie was able to take on a challenge and conquer it. He Dad had faith in her and she was able to uphold the trust he had in her. She was able to ensure the safety and health of her family as well the sailors.

One of the main ideas to help students to learn this book would be to talk about inner struggles and discuss Abbie's struggles with the children. You could also have them draw lighthouses and name two reason why they were so important in the this time.
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LibraryThing member 4dAdam
Abbie is a girl who lives in the lighthouse. Her dad is going to the big city to buy food and medicine for her mother and Abbie must flash the lights in the light house.
If you like a sad story this book is for you.
I think this story is good. Because in the last page dad comes to the home.
LibraryThing member 4dWiktoria
Abbie lives in the lighthouse.Abbie needs to keep the lights burning because her mother was sick,her father was in the big city and her sister was too small.
This story made sad that when Abbie's father was in the big city ,her mother was sick the sea was coming up,so the lighthouse was one-fourth
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in the water.They have only eggs to eat.
I think this story it's for people who likes sad stories.
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LibraryThing member bekeelen
This is a story about the bravery of a young girl whose mother is sick and her father has to leave to get food and medicine. And she is left in charge of the light house. A huge storm comes and prevents her father from coming straight back home. So each night Abbie has to keep this lights on in the
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tower and watch over the family.
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LibraryThing member matthewbloome
I'd swear that I've read about her before. This is good for younger readers, though I hesitate to call this full-fledged biography since most of it focused on one month of her life. The foreword was good though.
LibraryThing member hphipp2
This book is based on a true story about a little girl whose father operates a lighthouse. When her mother falls ill, her father must journey to the city to get her mother medicine. While he's gone, she must keep the lights burning and take care of her mother and young sister. Soon after he leaves,
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a terrible storm rolls in, preventing her father from coming home and she has to be brave and keep the lights burning all by herself for a month.
This story is so amazing. And it's true. This happened in 1856. The little girl's strength is so admirable. Even though kids today might not be able to relate to the particular situation because of the time period, but they would probably understand the courage and resolve it took for Abbie to step up to be the mother of the family.
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Reading Rainbow Program Selection (Selection — 37 — 1987)


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40 p.; 8.5 inches


0876144547 / 9780876144541


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