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 dating back to the 1800s, newcomer Toni Buzzeo has fashioned this exquisitely lyrical, intimate tale, illustrated in vibrant oil paintings by Mary GrandPré. Together they have created a book of classic beauty and resonance of a baby who is rescued by a lighthouse keeper and his ten-year-old daughter following a terrible storm.