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4.5/5 (2 ratings)
48 pages
17 minutes
Mar 15, 2016


Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the fourth book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family rescues a trapped turtle.

A thick fog has found its way up north to the lighthouse family, surrounding the cliffs and 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, they hear a distant voice echoing from the rocks below. Who could it be?

Using only a rope and their hearts to guide them, Seabold, Lila, and Whistler make their way down the side of the cliff. And what they discover will help them weather even the thickest fog—a new friend.
Mar 15, 2016

About the author

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 Turtle - Cynthia Rylant


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

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  • (4/5)
    Poor lost Aurora! While viewing the Northern Lights, Aurora, the sea turtle, becomes lost and drifts onto the shoreline and hides in his shell near the Lighthouse. Lila and Whistler, the two mice children that live in the Lighthouse find Aurora. With the help of their parents, Seabold the dog and Pandora the cat, the lighthouse children devise a plan to safely return Aurora to the sea. As I read this book, I felt like I was tucked between the Lighthouse and the sea… right with characters: Aurora, Lila, Whistler, Seabold and Pandora! Enjoy reading this book!