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MERMAID SISTER by Mary Ann Fraser


by Mary Ann Fraser & illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9746-9
Publisher: Walker

Shelly’s little brother Gordy is “a pain in the patootie.” She’s always wished she had a sister instead, so she puts a message in a bottle and sends it out to sea. Coral, a mermaid, answers Shelly’s request. Mom and Dad agree to let Coral come stay, and the girls dance together, watch TV, play dress-up and paint their nails. However, having a sister is not without problems: Coral leaves scales on Shelly’s favorite shirt and sometimes plays with Gordy. Yuck! To make up after a fight, Shelly takes Coral to the beach where the mergirl learns that her own brother Sandy misses her. Coral goes home but returns with a solution to the Gordy problem: Sandy. Fraser offers a sweet sea-sister tale; her bright, energetic watercolors feature expressive characters and silly eye-catching oceanic details. Any young miss with a wish for a sis would be happy with this fish. A fine addition to storytimes on siblings or the sea. (Picture book. 4-7)