The Firehouse Light
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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Day after day, year after year,
the lightbulb did not burn out.
Here is the true story of a little lightbulb, located in a firehouse, that has stayed lit for more than one hundred years. As horse-drawn carriages make room for automobiles, dirt roads give way to paved streets, and new buildings transform small clusters of homes into bustling neighborhoods, a small town grows and changes. And fighting fires changes, too: fires once fought by bucket brigades and hand-pulled hose carts are now attended by full-time firefighters and modern firetrucks. Yet now, just like then, the lightbulb glows, strong and steady, above the brave firefighters and their trucks.
Marie Lafrance has been a more than full-time illustrator for most of her life, drawing pictures for magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards, boxes of jelly powder, board games, and the likes. She also illustrated tons of educational books, and eventually segued into what constitutes now the backdrop of her life, picture books. She lives in Montreal, Quebec with her husband and three inspirational tools, daughter Beatrice, dog Lele and cat Melou.