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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

by Peter Roop, Connie Roop

Other authors: Peter E. Hanson (Illustrator)

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Series: On My Own History

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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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    The lights never failed (Watch me read) by Jennifer Saavedra (jordantaylor)
    jordantaylor: Both are children's stories about the heroic tale of Abbie Burgess. "The Lights Never Failed" is far lesser known, but the beautiful illustrations are much better of the two, and it also gives more context to the story. "Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie" is more personal and focuses more on the lighthouse keeping, with a better story layout.… (more)
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    Birdie's Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson (jordantaylor)

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  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
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, 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. ( )
  hphipp2 | Dec 5, 2014 |
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. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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 tower and watch over the family. ( )
  bekeelen | Mar 1, 2013 |
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 in the water.They have only eggs to eat.
I think this story it's for people who likes sad stories.
  4dWiktoria | Jan 20, 2011 |
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Peter Roopprimary authorall editionscalculated
Roop, Conniemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanson, Peter E.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, LeVarNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sada ThompsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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The true story of Abbie Burgess, who, in 1856, single-handedly kept the lighthouse lit during a tremendous storm off the coast of Maine.
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