|The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell.|
Kids Can Press, 2014.
We live in a landlocked state in the middle of the country. I have only been to the ocean a handful of times, and the girls have only been once - last year, to the southern New Jersey shore. But beach and ocean images are so quintessentially summer. And if you're thinking about beaches and oceans, and if your mind has been on fairies and fantasy, too, then eventually your mind is going to wander to mermaids. And if you're thinking about mermaids, then here is a beautiful new picture book for you.
The Mermaid and the Shoe is written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell, who illustrated this year's Newbery-winning Flora & Ulysses, Big Sis's new favorite book. At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to King Neptune, who has fifty daughters. All of the daughters are extraordinarily gifted in Neptune's eyes, and he loves to brag about them.
Then we meet poor little Minnow. Minnow isn't sure where her talent lies. She is a poor gardener, fish do not obey her, and she can't sing. The only thing she seems good at is asking questions, to the annoyance of her mean older sisters. One day, Minnow finds a strange red object in the water. No one knows what it is, so Minnow sets off to find the answer herself.
Along the way, she finds the answers to some of her other questions. Unlike Hans Christian Andersen's (or Disney's) Little Mermaid, Minnow has never seen the world outside the ocean, nor has she ever heard about it.
At last, she spies a little "earth maid," and learns what the red thing is for.
Minnow races back, excited to share her knowledge with her fellow deep sea-dwellers. Her daddy proudly declares that Minnow is a wonderful explorer.
Here is the book trailer. Look at those illustrations! So, so lovely.
For more mermaid fun, be sure and check out this wonderful round-up of mermaid books and crafts at What Do We Do All Day?. And I must add a link to this fun mermaid towel craft from Family Fun magazine. So simple and so perfect!
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