Lighthouse Family: Sea Lion
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the seventh book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family cares for a baby sea lion.
One morning, the lighthouse family wakes up to find a baby sea lion asleep in their kitchen! The baby, whose name is Topper, explains that his mother left him here and instructed him to wait for her return. Pandora the cat and Seabold the dog are happy to care for Topper, and mouse children Lila, Whistler, and Tiny are excited to make a new friend.
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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