As she grew up near the sea, Ida helped her father tend a lighthouse. She learned to polish the lighthouse lens, how to watch the sea for signs of trouble and most importantly, she learned to row. Eventually, Ida took over the care of the lighthouse, as well as the role of protecting those who ventured onto the ocean. Then one day, wild waves swamped four boys out sailing. And Ida was the only one who could help.
A dramatic tale of girl power, Ida Lewis is a definite hero for young ladies. Her courage, her physical strength and her determination are an inspiration. The author’s note at the book’s end delves further into the real personhood of Lewis and details her Congressional medal wins.
However, the watercolor and illustrations fall short. While the settings provide a definite sense of movement and beautiful depiction of the wildness of waves, the harsh lines of the characters feel stiff in contrast. Almost like a coloring book.
Not a fan of the illustrations, but definitely a proponent of Ida Lewis! Hurray for brave girls!