The Mermaid and the Shoe

mermaidandtheshoeWritten and Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

A fun mermaid story of King Neptune and his fifty daughters. Each one of his daughters had a special talent: one was a gifted gardener, another could train fish, and another had a beautiful singing voice, but Minnow couldn’t do any of those things very well. One thing Minnow did was ask a lot of questions, for instance

“Why don’t crabs have fins?”

“Where do bubbles go?”

“What lies beyond the kingdom?”

Minnow’s sister Calypso asks her, “What are you even here for?” and tells her that she is “useless.” So Minnow quietly swims away alone and as she is swimming she finds the loveliest thing she has ever seen, a shoe. Minnow then goes on an adventure to discover what the shoe is and what it is used for and finds out she has her own special talent after all.
This mermaid tale is very different from other mermaid stories. This story teaches that everyone has some gift or talent and that it is up to you to find out what it is.The illustrations are soft with pastel colors and a dark background.

Review by Marjorie Briggs, Oquirrh Hills Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: K-3rd grade

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The Mermaid and the Shoe
Written by K.G. Campbell
Kids Can Press Ltd.
32 pages
Release Date: April 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781554537716 (hardcover)

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