This was a sweet story of two girls who learned to overcome fear of things they didn’t understand or experience before. Beautiful messages of friendship, courage, and finding beauty and acceptance of all the different things that make up our world.
We read this together as a family read-aloud on a road trip. All my kids ages 6-14 enjoyed it, and my 8 yo gave it seven thumbs up! We loved learning about living on a lighthouse island in Maine. The children in the story are homeschooled! The family relationships are full of love and tender teaching even when the children make mistakes. Most of all, I loved the message that we can learn to love places and people that we were once afraid of because of differences.
My daughter could relate to a lot of the outdoor activities – both things she does and wants to do. We read it aloud together as it was a bit advanced for my level 3/4 reader to read on her own.
My kids and I really enjoyed this book. It makes a great read aloud and gives ample opportunity to have conversations about loving others, patience, and overcoming your fears. I also love the tender relationships the girls had with their families. Refreshing!
Ann doesn’t know much about the world outside her island, and that’s just how she likes it. She is the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, and the cry of seagulls, the wild foaming sea, and the sturdy lighthouse tower are all she’s ever known. She resents the “summer people” who come to picnic on the island because they don’t know anything about the sea or her way of life. Ann’s world gets turned upside down when Betsy comes to the island to stay with her grandmother. Betsy is a timid city girl who knows much more about apartments and traffic than crabs and boats. Together, Ann and Betsy learn that the world is much bigger than they thought, and that friendship can be found in the most unlikely places.
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