This is the retelling of a fictional story from the 1800s. Maita, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, tells her great-grandniece about how her sister Seaborne arrived wrapped in a sea chest. Now, that same sea chest is part of the niece's family.
This is destined to become a favorite story. It has the elements that make kids come back: happy endings, mystery & discovery, and love. The illustrations—done in oil—truly enhance the beauty of the book.
It’s hard to find any. The book’s quality is such that you don’t want little hands to play with it. While you’ll want to keep it on a shelf to protect it, keep it in reach, because you’ll probably have to read it frequently!
As a toddler, our daughter liked the pictures. Now, almost nine, our daughter uses the book when she wants a comforting, soothing read. She also picks it when adoption is on her mind and she's trying to sort out what makes a family.
A beautiful story that explains adoption without hitting the child over the head with the concept like many other books do. The narrative style allows the reader to embrace the idea, and not walk away saying “but that’s not how I was adopted.” Instead, you enjoy its uniqueness, sense the joy of Seaborne’s arrival, and share in the excitement of the baby soon to arrive.
This is a fictional tale, based on an old Maine legend.
It’s a great story for explaining that there is no one way to become a family. It also shows that to be adopted is to participate in a miracle of love.
10 and Up
4 to 8
First read with child 19 months old, still reading at almost 9 years old.
BUY IT. This is one that’s destined to be part of a child’s permanent collection, even for those who aren’t adopted.