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Kate's Light



by
Elizabeth Spires
illustrated by
Emily Arnold McCully

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Margaret Ferguson Books
ISBN
9780823443482
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When Kate Kaird immigrated with her young son Jacob from Germany to America in 1882, she couldn’t have predicted the surprising turn her life would take. She soon met and married John Walker, keeper of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. They moved to Robbins Reef Lighthouse in New York Harbor in 1885 and she became assistant keeper.

At first Kate wondered if she could live in such a lonely place, but she gradually grew to love life at Robbins Reef. When her husband died several years later, she was determined to stay on. After convincing the Lighthouse Board that she could do the job alone, Kate was appointed permanent keeper of the lighthouse, becoming one of the first women on the Eastern seaboard to be put in charge of an offshore lighthouse. She lived there 34 years and was known for her many rescues.

With watercolor and ink illustrations which perfectly capture the salty spray of the sea, Kate’s Light brings the turn of the century New York Harbor to life, with a focus on one of its little known but most crucial attendants.About Kate Walker, with archival photographs. Notes. Additional sources. Full-color illustrations were created with watercolor and pen and ink. 

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Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10 1/5" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

Kate Walker (1848–1931). Robbins Reef Lighthouse. New Jersey. Women lighthouse keepers. Biography. 

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