Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 28, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, June 28, 2018
Acadia to York: the ABCs of Maine lighthouses revealed
Launch party set for July 7
The public is invited to a book launch party for Maine Lighthouse ABC on Saturday, July 7, at 9 a.m. at the Stonington Public Library.
For mariners, lighthouses represent safety, hope and guidance, yet these beacons also fascinate landlubbers. That fascination grabbed Peter and Connie Roop while honeymooning in Stonington in 1973, and hasn’t left them since.
The award-winning authors of more than 100 books for children, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, have just released Maine Lighthouse ABC, published by Penobscot Books. The public is invited to a book launch party on Saturday, July 7, at 9 a.m. at the Stonington Public Library.
Sure to please readers of any age, the book delights with text for each letter of the alphabet—such as “B is for Beacon. A beacon’s beam brilliantly shines over the sea at night.” Each letter has colorful illustrations by Jeremiah Savage of Brooklin who also designed the book. Opposite each letter page is a photograph of a Maine lighthouse, many taken by Bob Trapani Jr., the executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation in Rockland.
Readers wanting to know more will find descriptions of each featured lighthouse in the back of the book. Information about visiting lighthouses by boat, car and air is provided, and there are even a few privately owned lighthouses that offer vacation rentals.
All ages are invited to the July 7 launch party. In addition to reading and signing, the authors, illustrator and editor will talk about what it’s like to put a book together for publication. There will be a lighthouse craft for children, refreshments and books for sale.
Penobscot Books is the book division of Penobscot Bay Press, which publishes Island Ad-Vantages, The Weekly Packet and Castine Patriot. The book is available at PBP’s offices in Stonington and Blue Hill and online at penbaypress.me.