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51 pages
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Mar 15, 2016


Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the fifth book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family explores the shore with an octopus friend.

Every once in a while, a full moon shines over the lighthouse and causes the tide to recede. For Cloe the octopus, this turns out to be a wonderful opportunity to explore the world that exists outside of his ocean home. As he embarks on his expedition, he encounters the lighthouse family by the beach and they explore the treasures of the uncovered ocean floor together.
Mar 15, 2016

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Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, Motor Mouse, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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The Octopus - Cynthia Rylant


Perched on an island cliff, high above the deep waters of the ocean, a lighthouse stands steady and strong. Its great lamp shines across the waves day and night, guiding sailors on their journeys home.

This lighthouse is well loved, and not only by the sailors who watch carefully for its beacon in the night. It is also well loved by the family who lives there.

This is a happy family. Pandora, the cat, and Seabold, the dog, are raising three mouse-children, in addition to keeping the light. The children are Whistler, Lila, and baby Tiny.

The members of this family somehow found each other in this large, wide world. Pandora had lived four lonely years as a lighthouse keeper when she discovered Seabold washed upon her shore, battered by the storm that had tossed him there.

Pandora tended

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