In Wisconsin-based authors and educators Peter and Connie Roop’s latest book, they use the alphabet to take readers on an informative, entertaining tour of Maine’s lighthouses. Brooklin artist Jeremiah Savage illustrated and designed the book. PENOBSCOT BAY BOOKS ILLUSTRATION BY JEREMIAH SAVAGE

From Kittery to Calais, book tells the ABC’s of Maine beacons

STONINGTON — For mariners, lighthouses represent safety, hope and guidance, yet these beacons also fascinate landlubbers. That fascination grabbed Peter and Connie Roop while honeymooning in Stonington in 1973, and hasn’t left them since.

The award-winning authors of more than 100 books for children, including “Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie,” have just released “Maine Lighthouse ABC,” published by Penobscot Books in Stonington.

Sure to please readers of any age, the book delights with the Roops’ text for each letter of the alphabet — such as “B is for Beacon. A beacon’s beam brilliantly shines over the sea at night.” Each letter has colorful illustrations by Jeremiah Savage of Brooklin who also designed the book. Opposite each letter page is a photograph of a Maine lighthouse, many taken by Bob Trapani Jr., the executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation in Rockland.

Readers wanting to know more will find descriptions of each featured lighthouse in the back of the book. Information about visiting lighthouses by boat, car and air is provided, and there are even a few privately owned lighthouses that offer vacation rentals.

Penobscot Books is the book division of Penobscot Bay Press, which publishes Island Ad-Vantages, The Weekly Packet and Castine Patriot. The book is available at PBP’s offices in Stonington and Blue Hill and online at


“I’d Like to be a Lighthouse”


I’d like to be a lighthouse

All scrubbed and painted white.


I’d like to be a lighthouse

And stay awake all night


To keep my eye on everything

That sails my patch of sea;


I’d like to be a lighthouse

With the ships all watching me.


                      — Rachel Field (Sutton Island poet)

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