Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Bravest Woman In America by Marissa Moss

She loved to go out on the sea with her father, the lightkeeper, and he let her row...

Tricycle Press always has the most marvelous picture books for young children.  I was very pleased to get a copy of this one for review (thank you).  You can find a copy of this book at your local bookstore now.

This is the story of Ida Lewis.   Her father became the official keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.  She loved living on the island, taking care of the lighthouse and going rowing with her father.  What Ida didn't anticipate was that as time went on and her father grew older, she would become the lightkeeper.  

She truly was dubbed "the Bravest Woman in America" and got the Congressional Life Saving Medal and the American Cross of Honor.  Here is a story about a woman who did what she wanted to in life and didn't worry about what was "appropriate" for her.

The illustrations by Andrea U'Ren are beautiful and really express the magic and danger of the sea.  This is a great way to introduce your child to biographies.

Happy reading.

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