Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell -- ESSENTIAL

Campbell, K.G. The Mermaid and the Shoe. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2014. $16.95. Content: G.

Each one of King Neptune's fifty daughters has a special talent...except Minnow. The only thing she's really good at is bugging her sisters with too many questions. But when an elegant red mystery object washes into the kingdom, Minnow is determined to find out what it is. Thus begins her beautifully-told journey of discovery.

Gorgeous illustrations and text work wonderfully well together here, adding just the right combination of whimsy, sadness, and humor whenever necessary. Minnow is a delightful character, and her sibling issues and search for her own special talents will likely resonate with many readers.

EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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