The Mermaid And The Shoe (Hardback)
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The Mermaid And The Shoe (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages / Published: 01/04/2014
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In this delightful picture book, Minnow seems to be the only one of King Neptune's fifty mermaid daughters who has no particular skill or accomplishments. That is, except for her persistence in asking many, many questions. 'Why don't crabs have fins?' 'Where do bubbles go?' 'What lies beyond the kingdom?' But one day, as Minnow is drifting in the ocean all alone, a single red woman's shoe, 'the loveliest thing she'd ever seen,' floats toward her seemingly from out of nowhere. Never having seen a shoe before, Willow becomes intrigued by what it might be. When no one in the kingdom can tell her, she sets off on a quest to find out and, along the way, uncovers answers to many of the things that have been vexing her, including what her true purpose is! Award-winning author and illustrator K. G. Campbell beautifully captures the watery world of his mermaids with soft blues and greys, long hair rippling in the currents and lots of bubbles. Young readers will chuckle knowingly at Minnow's mi

Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781554537716
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 285 x 237 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
... the artwork is also full of subtle humor---Campbell definitively answers the question of what a shrugging octopus looks like---and the story solidly delivers its message about the value of inquisitiveness, adventurousness, and storytelling.--Publishers Weekly
With a clever storyline and enchanting pictures, this is an elegant choice for 4- to 9-year-olds who want a break from dinosaurs.--The Wall Street Journal
This fairy tale-like story is delightfully told with gentle humour, featuring an unlikely heroine, whose journey to discover a special role in her life will make a great read-aloud ... I could see The Mermaid and the Shoe being successfully used as a vehicle in the classroom or home setting to reaffirm the power of perseverance, the importance of inquisitiveness and to remind children that there is value is believing in yourself.--CM Magazine
This book is suitable for independent reading as well as a read-aloud. Minnow's tale will remind readers that it is okay to ask questions and seek answers, to stand out and be unique.--School Library Journal
The writing and illustrations somehow manage to convey both an old-fashioned fairy-tale quality and a contemporary edge. Our favorite book of the year (and maybe for years to come).--The Globe and Mail
The watercolor and pencil-crayon illustrations ... have a similar sense of motion and playfulness. And the visual differences between the flow-y haired, teeny-weeny-seashell-bikini-clad mermaids and the Raggedy Ann-esque landmaid point to the subjectivity of storytelling (and also of beauty).--The Horn Book Magazine
Delicately illustrated by the author in watercolours and pencil crayon.--The Montreal Gazette
Campbell's illustrations, of shadowy blue undersea scenes lightened by pale drifting hair and waving strands of kelp, have an attractive, old-fashioned style that harks back to classic picture books of the early 20th century ... Campbell's sense of visual humor and Minnow's prince-free happy ending suit 2014 beautifully.--The New York Times
Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of ?The Little Mermaid, ? like Minnow, it sings its own strong song.--Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

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