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Jun 24 2008

Minnie Pearl and the Undersea Bazaar by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini

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ABC Books; 2007.
(Age - Middle Primary) An underwater environmental tale, set in the ocean but with universal themes. Minnie Pearl's parents own the Undersea Bazaar where all the mermaids come to shop. When Manta Rae sets up a rival business, Minnie sets out to find out where she is getting her cheap goods from in the hope of saving her parents' business. With the help of some human divers she is able to solve the problem. The play on words for names (eg Manta Rae, Finn, Marina) could make for useful discussion on aquatic words. The safe disposal of rubbish could also be addressed through the story. An additional resource for schools doing Sea Week each year.
Sue Johnston
Marden Education Centre Library

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