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The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo

The Sea Chest

by Toni Buzzeo

Other authors: Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Perfect book for a read aloud, engages the class and has beautiful pictures that relate to the concurrent flow of the story itself.
  zahammou | Dec 9, 2014 |
This lovely tale within a tale follows the dual stories of a young girl, visiting with her great-great-aunt Maita, and of Maita herself, and her childhood on a rocky Maine island, where her father kept the Halleys Head Light. After a terrible storm batters the island, Maita and her father discover a sea chest washed up on the shore, and find a tiny baby inside. Wrapped in a quilt - together with a note reading: "We commit this child into the hands of God. May He save her" - the baby is christened "Seaward," and becomes Maita's adopted younger sister, and (eventually) the young girl's great-grandmother. Many, many years later, Maita tells the story to her young great-niece, who is waiting for her own baby sibling to arrive, from across the seas...

Based upon a folk legend about a baby found washed up on the shore of Maine's Southport Island - a legend that most likely has its origin in C.C. Munn's 1900 novel, Uncle Terry - Buzzeo's The Sea Chest is a magical tale of family and inter-generational love, greatly enhanced by Mary GrandPré's beautiful oil illustrations. I found myself, rather unexpectedly, caught up in its improbable tale of seaside discovery and survival. Recommended to children who enjoy tales of the sea, of lighthouses, or of adoptive families, and to all who appreciate Mary GrandPré's artwork. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 26, 2013 |
this book takes place in Maine. After a sea storm, a girl finds a chest. Inside she finds a little abandoned baby. The family adopts the baby and the rest of the story is about their lighthouse life by the sea.
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i liked this story it was very touching and cute.
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1. Class can write about a time they found something that they got to keep ( )
  BSmiles | Mar 27, 2011 |
Long for a read aloud, a baby is lost at sea, washes up on an island with a lighthouse. The baby is raised by the lighthouse keeper family.
  dangerlibearian | Dec 17, 2010 |
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For Ken and Chris, who shelter me from solitude -- T.B.
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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.

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A young girl listens as her great-aunt, a lighthouse keeper's daughter, tells of her childhood living on a Maine island, and of the infant that washed ashore after a storm.

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