The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo

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From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND!

As they wait for the arrival of a new baby, Maita tells her great-grandniece the story of her remarkable childhood. Living sheltered on a lighthouse island with only her parents for company, Maita always longed for a sibling-longed not to be the only child the ragged island knew. And then one icy night, howling winds blew wave after wave against the shore, and from that fearsome storm came a sea chest-a gift that would change Maita's life forever.

From a beguiling Maine legend, newcomer Toni Buzzeo has fashioned this exquisitely lyrical, intimate tale, illustrated in vibrant oil paintings by Mary GrandPre. Together they have created a book of classic beauty and resonance.

About Toni Buzzeo

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Toni Buzzeo is the author of such books as "No T. Rex in the Library", illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, "Dawdle Duckling, "illustrated by Margaret Spengler and "The Sea Chest, "illustrated by Mary GrandPre. She has previously collaborated with Sachiko Yoshikawa on "Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything". Toni lives in Maine, and you can visit her online at Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College. Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
Published August 5, 2002 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A contemporary family adoption story and a 19th-century legend are braided together into a tale of extraordinary tenderness and remembered longing.

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Basing her plot on a local legend, Buzzeo, a Maine school librarian making her picture book debut, writes with such vivid, sensory-rich language that readers are almost certain to feel Maita's yearning for companionship and, later, her joy at having a sister.

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