I have just had the pleasure of reading ‘The Candy Striped Lighthouse’ by Elizabeth Webb. I had heard of this book, which was just released at the beginning of this year, and had believed it to be a children’s book. However, on perusing this book I have discovered it to be a delightful poem which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
This captivating poem is not only entertaining but tells an important story. Mrs. Webb has succeeded in giving a potted history of the Hope Town Lighthouse and a simple explanation of how it works. She has also portrayed the pride of the people of Hope Town in their very special lighthouse and how devastating it would be if it this unique landmark, which is the last hand wound Fresnel Lens kerosene mantle lighthouse in the world, ever became automated.
She encourages everyone who comes to these shores “to give their support to the Abaco folks” to help preserve this unique Lighthouse.
This book is exquisitely illustrated by Bruce Johnson whose brightly coloured and detailed pictures add light and lustre which bring the words of the poem to life. One could spend hours poring over the minute details of his illustrations and experiencing the landmarks and characters of Hope Town through his artwork.
‘The Candy Striped Lighthouse’ would be a wonderful keepsake for all visitors who come to our shores and admire this beautiful and unique Lighthouse, but also as a coffee table book for locals and gifts for grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Included at the end of the book are articles about the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society and the Hope Town Writers Circle plus geographical and historical information about The Bahamas and Hope Town in particular, illustrated by maps and charts adapted from ‘The Cruising Guide to Abaco’ by Steve Dodge.
The book also comes with a supplement which includes the poem and a large illustration of the Lighthouse overlooking Hope Town Harbour.
The author, Elizabeth Webb, who has written prose and verse since her childhood, has been a winter resident of Hope Town for many years. She is a published author of a series of ‘Madrigal’ books for children and poetry and short stories in literary magazines in the U.K.
She helped found the Hope Town Writers Circle.
Artist, Bruce Johnson, whose whimsical pen, ink and watercolour artworks are in collections worldwide, has made Hope Town his “winter haven” for the past 25 years.
‘The Candy Striped Lighthouse’ is available from Abaco Treasures in Marsh Harbour, and Ebb Tide Gift Shop and the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay.
A significant portion of the income from the book will support the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society in its endeavour to preserve this unique Lighthouse.