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Children's Fiction Death & Dying


A Story of Remembrance

by (author) Robert Munsch

illustrated by Janet Wilson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2003
Death & Dying, Multigenerational, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2003
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3



A moving story of love and remembrance — for anyone who has ever lost a loved one.


Young Sarah can't sleep following her grandpa's funeral, so she wakes up her dad in the middle of the night. He agrees to take her where Grandpa used to take him as a boy — the lighthouse. On the way there, Sarah and her dad drink coffee and eat donuts — just as Grandpa would have liked. When they climb to the top of the lighthouse, Sarah throws a flower out to sea in her grandpa's memory.Inspired after a reading in Antigonish, when a little girl gave Robert Munsch a drawing of a lighthouse at night with a car driving up to it, Lighthouse is a tender story about honouring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive. Janet Wilson's detailed and dramatic illustrations add a warm and gentle touch to a sensitive topic.


About the authors

El reconocido narrador ROBERT MUNSCH ha escrito decenas de libros para niños, entre ellos: Paper Bag Princess y Mortimer. Él vive con su familia en Guelph, Ontario.

Robert Munsch's profile page

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.


Janet Wilson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Commended, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Award

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Lighthouse:

"Lighthouse begs to be compared to Munsch's classic best-seller and a personal favourite, Love You Forever." — CM Magazine


  • Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2004.
  • Winner, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award Gold Award, 2003.
  • Finalist, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004.
  • Ruth Schwartz Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 2004.

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