Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Mermaid and the Shoe

by K. G. Campbell

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell is a mermaid story reminiscent of a classic fairy tale.  I found this great book while perusing the website, A Mighty Girl (, a group “deciated to raising smart confident, and courageous girls.”
The story is about Minnow, one of King Neptune’s fifty daughters.  While each of her sisters seems to be good at something,  Minnow just seems to ask lots of questions.  When Minnow finds a strange object – a red shoe – she sets off to find out what she can about it and where it came from.  Minnow asks each creature she meets, “What is it?”  Nobody seems to know, but several silly suggestions are made.  With determination and inquistitiveness, Minnow discovers the land beyond the sea as well as her own remarkable talents.

Children young and old will enjoy exploring with Minnow.  Told with a soft voice and patient tone The Mermaid and the Shoe is a good choice for reading aloud, as well as for independent readers.  The softly colored illustrations depict a lovely deep water home that is ethereal and mysterious.

Children will easily relate to Minnow and her sisters.  Discovering our own hidden talents and finding strength in them, is a part of growing up made easier by having great role models in characters such as Minnow.

Another great book about mermaids, is The Mermaid’s Shoes by Sanne te Loo.  The main character, Mia, is a human child on land asking questions about the sea, all because she finds a pair of flippers. Mia is another strong, imaginative girl that children can look up to. 

Both tales are available in Virginia Beach Public Libraries.

Review by Rebekah K.

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