Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mermaids in the Backyard by Catherine Hapka - OPTIONAL

Hapka, Catherine Mermaids in the Backyard, 105 pages. $4.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

Lindy’s parents decide to move their family of three to a beachfront house, which Lindy calls the bug house. It was her parents’ dream to live on the beach, not Lindy’s. She misses her best friend back in Chicago, and the new neighbor kids at the beach house are annoying. But one day Lindy becomes friends with some pretty unexpected people during a terrible storm. Can Lindy really find happiness and friends in in her new city? 

This quick read is perfect for early readers who like mystery and fantasy. It teaches good lessons about finding the good in situations, and how to make new friends. There is good vocabulary and descriptions as well. I would put this on my bookshelf in my room, but wouldn’t use it to teach content. 

EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer: AS, 2nd grade teacher

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