Peppe the Lamplighter
by Elisa Bartone

Peppe the Lamplighter
by Elisa Bartone
illustrated by Ted Lewin

Peppe lives in a tenement in Little Italy in the 1900s. He's a street lamplighter, but his father disapproves so he quits. Then, when his sister does not come home because she's afraid of the dark, his father pleads with him to light the lamps, admitting it is an important job.

"Brilliant illustrations perfectly capture the flavor of the neighborhood. Great for immigrant studies."  (School Library Journal)

This book won a Caldecott Honor in 1994 and was an American Library Association Notable Children's Book in 1994.

Reading Levels

Interest Level: Gr. 2-5             DRA Level:  24                     Lexile Measure:  570L
Grade Equivalent: 4.3            Guided Reading: M

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