The Lighthouse Family Series by Cynthia Rylant
The Storm, The Whale, The Eagle, The Turtle, The Octopus
She brought us Henry and Mudge, she brought us Mr. Putter and Tabby, and I was delighted to find that Cynthia Rylant wrote this series, also—The Lighthouse Family.
The stories are a bit more advanced reading than Henry and Mudge and Mr. Putter and Tabby. They are perfect for read alouds or for readers second grade and above.
The tales begin with Pandora, a solitary cat that saves lives by keeping a lighthouse. Pandora lives with the quiet, loneliness and hard work of running a lighthouse for four years before her life is altered by her rescue of Seabold, a sailing dog. Used to doing everything alone she continues to run the lighthouse and nurse Seabold’s injuries. Seabold, a solitary creature himself, has every intention of returning to the sea when he is healed. But the important work of the lighthouse and the company of Pandora change his mind.
Then Seabold rescues three young mice, Whistler,Lila and Tiny. The unlikely animals bond together to form a furry family and the lighthouse is full of light and not just from the big lamp in the tower.
Read about the family’s other creature friends and how they extend themselves to meet the needs of others. Preston McDaniels’ illustrations are delightful and detailed, the gray blue of the sea the animals reside by. Rylant’s soft and rich language is calm, comfortable and engaging, leading to requests of “Just one more chapter, please, Mom!” Music to my ears.