“Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite illustrators - her style is so charming, it makes my heart full every time I see her delicately rendered characters and the love they have for each other. The story of the lighthouse caretaker is so sweet and soulful, with a rhythmic recounting that plays up the wonder and magic of the ordinary. Her patterns and textures are incredible, her color palettes are always perfect, and her waves remind me of why I love the water!”
— Tomoko Bason, Book People Bookstore, Austin, TX
A beloved picture book from two-time Caldecott Medal award-winner Sophie Blackall that transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.
About the Author
Sophie Blackall is the bestselling and two-time Caldecott medal-winning artist behind Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, Hello,Lighthouse and Farmhouse. She is also the proprietor of Milkwood, a creative retreat for children’s book makers. She lives between Brooklyn and a farm in upstate New York.
Praise and accolades for Hello Lighthouse:Winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal An IndieBound BestsellerAn Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far A 2018 New York Times Notable Children's Book
"I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book will be published this year...Children will be fascinated..."—New York Times Book Review
* "Blackall's charmingly old-fashioned art style is beautifully matched to this nostalgia-rich story, which imbues an antiquated place with warmth and wonder."—Booklist, starred review
* "A delightful bedtime read perfect for one on one sharing."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "It's a jewel of a creation and a gift to those who dream of retreat."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A fascinating, splendidly executed peek into both the mundane and the dramatic aspects of lighthouse life."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Blackall's accomplished illustrations are a mix of homey detail and spectacular scenery."—Horn Book
"Blackall's soft yet precise line and watercolor illustrations provide inviting details."—BCCB
Praise for Finding Winnie:A #1 New York Times bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott MedalA New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year
*"The sum total is as captivating as it is informative, transforming a personal family story into something universally resonant."—Horn Book (Starred Review)
*"Little ones who love Milne's classic stories will be enchanted by this heartening account of the bear's real-life origins."—Booklist (Starred Review)
*"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually."—School Library Journal (Starred Review)
*"The book strikes a lovely, understated tone of wonder and family pride...[Sophie Blackall] proves that she's equally imaginative at chronicling straight-on reality too."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Gorgeously illustrated...[a] delightful telling."—New York Times Book Review
Praise for Farmhouse: A 2022 KIRKUS BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK A 2022 SLJ BEST BOOK A HORN BOOK FANFARE A 2022 PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK A 2022 BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK A 2022 WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK A 2022 NYTIMES BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2022 A 2022 BOOKLIST EDITORS’ CHOICE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST KIDS’ BOOKS OF 2022 2023 ALSC NOTABLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN 2023 CCBC CHILDREN’S CHOICES LIST 2023 BANK ST COLLEGE BEST BOOKS
*"A lovely, tender reimagination of people in a long-past time and place."—Kirkus, starred review
*"A love letter to the joys of country living and family life as well as the importance of treasuring the past and all its stories."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"The tale’s strong sense of place undergirds Blackall’s witness to the way environments change over time and stories survive long after material objects disappear, in a thoughtful, expertly executed work that looks simultaneously forward and back."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Blackall’s illustrations are everything here, incorporating wallpaper, fabrics, and other items scavenged from the house melded together with ink, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil to create vibrantly layered compositions with a tactile quality."—Horn Book, starred review
* "Genuinely captivating...A meditation on the creative process...Multifaceted and arresting...Irresistible."—Booklist, starred review
“a tender, layered masterpiece that itself deserves to be passed along for generations.”—New York Times
*"A sophisticated, openhearted ode to what truly makes a house a home...Vividly realized...."—BookPage, starred review
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