Saturday, January 13, 2024

Today's read... The Mermaid Who Couldn't Pick A Tail by Dane Maxwell

by Dane Maxwell
Picture Book
48 pages
ages 4 to 8

Self acceptance of your own inner light is crucial to a child's happiness. That's the core theme of this book.

You'll meet Nomi, the curious mermaid who has trouble picking out a tail to express herself. You'll follow along her adventures with Gooper as they travel through the sea all while learning to find true friends and accept herself along the way.

If you're a parent, and you want your child to know how to find good friends and be themselves to the fullest, this book is for you. I wrote this book to help my daughter see she never needs to be anyone else but herself. I hope you like it.



With vibrant illustrations, this is a fun read which dives into the theme of staying true to ones' self.

Nomi is a mermaid, who enjoys spending time with her friend, Gooper. They swim through the sea, having one adventure after the other...and meet many other ocean inhabitants along the way. But finding friendships can be tricky, especially since she can't see to figure out how she can best present herself to others. After all, she wants to be liked and find new friends, too.

Nomi is a sweet mermaid with a big heart and quite a bit of curiosity. Her desire to explore, have fun, and meet new friends makes her easy to like, and her uncertainty about how she can make others like her more is understandable. Add her cute friend, Gooper, to her side, and young readers will enjoy following her as she goes from one situations to the next and does her best to figure things out.

The text is very age appropriate and sticks to only a sentence or two on most pages, while incorporating an easy-to-understand vocabulary. It flows nicely and even makes a nice read-aloud. The illustrations carry as much of the tale as the text. These are bright and bold, and invite into each scene. The colorful ocean setting is enjoyable to explore, and the atmosphere remains bright. The message rings loud and clear without coming across as preachy, and it's one young readers can identify with and work with in their own lives.

It's a cute read with a whimsical touch and plenty of goodness to think about, too.

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