Miss Colfax’s Light

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In 1861, Harriet Colfax became the new lighthouse keeper in Michigan City. It was a job that men did, but Harriet was determined she could do it. Twice every night she would climb the stairs to put oil in the light. Over the years she then had to also take care of a beacon light on the pier. It was dangerous, but Harriet was determined and kept doing her job. She worked very hard, every day until she was 80 years old and the lighthouse changed to a coal-furnace in 1904.

I really liked reading Miss Colfax’s Light. It is based on a real woman and the true story of her life as a lighthouse keeper. I think Miss Colfax was a very strong, and determined women who worked very hard. It must have been so dangerous to walk out the pier with waves splashing. I loved that the author included pieces of Miss Colfax’s journal, to describe the weather, or when a beacon light was washed out to sea. By reading Miss Colfax’s Light, I think other kids would learn a part of history that we usually don’t hear about.

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Author Aimee Bissonette • Eileen Ryan Ewen, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Publish Date 01-Mar-2016
ISBN 9781585369553
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Issue June 2016
Category Children's


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