Dadey, Debbie A Royal Tea (Mermaid Tales #9) 112 pgs, Aladdin, 2014. $15.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Shelly’s grandfather has penguin pox and won’t get to meet the Queen when she comes to visit. Pearl suggests that the Queen is actually coming to take Shelly away from the illness, and move her to the palace. Shelly is horrified! She loves her home and doesn't want to move. As the Queens visit looms nearer, Shelly must prepare her home. How will she get the food, decoration, and cleaning done on time. Will she ever learn how to curtsy? Thankfully, she has her friends and the ever snobby Pearl to help out.
Not my favorite in the series, but a story that young readers will be excited about! There is a wholesome message about being there for your friends when they need you and honoring the memory of those who have passed away. There are many little illustrations that add to the story. Do yourself a favor and buy this series in hardback if you are going to add it to your library, the paperbound copies are seeing a ton of use at my library.
EL(K-3) –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.