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Sep 09 2019

Mermaid Holidays: Magic Pearl by Delphine Davis and Adele K. Thomas

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Puffin, 2019. ISBN: 9780143796497.
(Ages 6-8) Theme: Fantasy. Mermaid Holidays continues in the latest addition to the new series by Delphine Davis. This time, the story is told from Willow Waves' perspective, as she hosts a sleep-over for her friends, where they make necklaces.
This is the second book in the series.  It is aimed at the same audience as the first book, for both new and returning readers, as we get to see Turtleton and the adventures through Willow's perspective. It is a story of friendship and working together, yet, at the same time, learning and growing as an individual to find a solution to the problem that Willow advertently causes.
It is enjoyable to see how the author has created the characters and stories to be fun, yet teaching young readers about responsibility in a fun, subtle way.
Ideal for students keen to dive into chapter books, it is a bit wordier than Billie B Brown or an Ella and Olivia, with pages swimming with fun illustrations to break up the text. The characters in the story are full of expression.
Donna Isgar

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