THE SEA CHEST by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Mary GrandPre (Dial, 2002)

First-time author Buzzeo is paired with HARRY POTTER illustrator GrandPre in a book that lovingly and poetically captures the stirring magic of a foundling babe who becomes a treasured sister. Maita says: “I longed for a time I might not be the only child the craggy island knew.” The time is now. Spectacular, musical, and deeply affecting. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION for art and text. Named to the Children’s Crown Gallery Award List. Ages 4-up. Read The Story Behind The Story from Toni Buzzeo.