“Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie” by Peter and Connie Roop is a story that proves that any obstacle can be conquered if a person sets their mind on a positive outcome. Abbie Burgess is a young girl who, without the help of anyone, kept the lights in a lighthouse burning for 4 long and difficult weeks while a terrible storm passed.
During this time, more upkeep had to be done in order to keep the lighthouses lit. Abby had to personally walk up to the top of the lighthouse, and blow out each light. She had to trim each wick, clean each lamp, and refill it with more oil. She had to do this for 4 weeks.
Her father, Captain Burgess, was the lighthouse keeper; however, he had went out in the storm in search of food and medicine as their supply was almost finished, and Abby’s mother was ill. He explained to her that, if anything happened that prevented him from making it back, she would have to keep the lights burning. Her sisters were too little, and her mother was too ill. She was the only one…Abby even had to get up in the middle of the night and scrape ice off the lighthouse’s windows so the lights could be seen…how many of us would have taken on that responsibility.
Personally, I believe that Abby was really courageous…I enjoyed reading this book.
I give it 4 stars.
P.S. “Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie” was provided on-loan from my local library.