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Lighthouse Family #4: The Turtle
Lighthouse Family Series Book #4 of 8
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Preston McDaniels

Book Info

Published on March 1, 2005
Age Group: 6 - 10 years
Reading Level: AR: 3.8 (0.5 Point, Quiz #86246)
Lexile® measure: 720L

When Aurora the sea turtle becomes stranded in fog and cold water near a lighthouse, Pandora the cat, Seabold the dog, and their three adopted mouse children call on the pelicans for help.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
At the edge of a rocky cliff, high above the beautiful waves of a blue-green sea, there stood a proud lighthouse, and in this lighthouse there lived a family.

This was an unusual family, but a very happy one. At one time they had all been scattered about the world, living very different lives, never knowing that the future would one day bring them together.

There was Pandora, the cat, who had lived all alone at the lighthouse. Bravely she tended the great lamp year after year to help those who sailed the seas in fog and darkness and who might be in danger of shipwreck. Seeing the bright beacon across the water, sailors carefully turned their ships away from the deadly rocks of the shore.

Seabold, the dog, was for many years a sailor himself and a very fine one. He was quite proud of the boat he called Adventure. But one dark night Seabold was tossed into the ocean in a storm, and though this might have been an unlucky turn in the dog's life, it was, in fact, good fortune. For Seabold washed up, alive, on Pandora's shore. Pandora found him, sheltered him, and they found in each other a true friend.

Publisher Description:
A thick fog has found its way up north to the lighthouse family, surrounding the cliffs and the waters below. Always ready to lend a hand, the lighthouse siblings, Whistler and Lila, help Seabold guide small ships to land. As they overlook the foggy waters, a distant voice emerges from the rocks below. Using only a rope and their hearts as a guide, the lighthouse crew makes their way down the side of the cliff and find much more than the strongest light could have shown.

Through the tales of a surprising new friend, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Preston McDaniels bring readers the excitement of exploration and the enjoyment of helping those in need.

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