Lighthouse Family: The Eagle
With their homey charm and adorable cast, these ready-for-chapter books are perfect for cuddling up and reading together, or for young readers who prefer a meandering story over a lot of action. In The Storm, we meet Pandora, a lonely cat who dutifully tends to her lighthouse. After a fierce storm, she finds Seabold the dog washed up on the beach and takes him under her care. He decides to stay on for awhile and repair his boat. Before he leaves, however, they rescue a trio of orphaned mice floating about in a crate. Suddenly, they have become a cozy little lighthouse family and no one is lonely anymore. As the little family survives one sea adventure after another, they become closer yet. While not heavy on excitement, these simple books are sweet and enjoyable, with a flavor of Beatrix Potter, according to the School Library Journal. Black-and-white illustrations accompany the story. By Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston McDaniels. - Jess
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