“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Tiniest Mermaid

51oIifONioL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Author:  Laura Garnham

Illustrated by: Patricia MacCarthy

Published by:  Good Books  2006

Age:  3 and up

Theme:  Fairy tale, friendship, dreams, healing.

Opening lines:  Lily lived by the wide blue sea.  On summer nights she would sit on the beach, gazing out over the waves, dreaming of magic and adventure.

Synopsis:  One night Lily rescues a mermaid who has been hurt in a terrible storm.  She takes the tiny mermaid home to care for her, and Lily and Delphi become the best of friends.  Delphi shows Lily a magical world where mermaids play with sea horses and swim through coral palace.  But as Delphi gets better she must leave Lily and return to the sea….

Laura Garnham works as a teacher and lives in France.  The mermaid was named after her niece.

Patrica MacCarthy  (Illust)  lives in Sussex England and used beautiful colours including glitter.

Why I like this:  A beautiful gentle story of compassion, understanding and friendship.  Girls will relate to the bonding of two friends, and spark their imagination. Raised glitter is an added appeal to the soft powder-puff colours Patricia has used to bring life to this magical fairy tale.  I love to dream and this would be perfect as a bedtime story also.

Findings/Resources:    Patricia MacCarthy’s blog has beautiful galleries of her work, a must see…..    http://www.patriciamaccarthy.co.uk/gallery6.htm

Want to learn how to draw…..?      http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-draw-a-mermaid

Colouring pages…    http://www.coloring.ws/mermaids1.htm

Making friendship bracelets…   http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/friendship/mbracelets.htm

Create your own magical underwater world….     http://www.girlgames.com/magical-underwater-world.html





About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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15 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Love your review — a magical story for little girls to dream about. Also love your new profile photo.

  2. Oh! I know some little princesses who love mermaids and sparkles. This book sounds perfect! I’ll have to check it out!

  3. Catherine Johnson says:

    Sounds perfect for girls!

  4. What a beautiful story, Diane…and your list of resources/activities is SPLENDID! I will check out the art gallery…and the friendship bracelet looks like fun.:)

  5. This sounds like a book my two daughters would love. Great review.

  6. My littlest one loves THE LITTLE MERMAID. I wonder if he would enjoy this one as well.

  7. Bet this is as sweet as it sounds!

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