Saturday, 18 April 2015

Blog Tour Review & Competition (now closed) of Mermaid by Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

So pretty! & you can win this at the end of the review!
 2nd April 2015, Scholastic, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Content: super cute pics! 

Summary from Scholastic
Cerrie weaves a beautiful story of friendship, magic and a mermaid girl with the power of the sea in her eyes. On land, Sylvia can’t walk. But in the sea she swims like magic. Luka knows she must be a mermaid. He longs to splash in the silvery surf and dive under the waves like her. Where others see Sylvia’s wheelchair, Luka sees the light of her smile and the sea shining out of her eyes. And when Sylvia teaches Luka to swim, it’s the start of a magical friendship… Sea salt, mermaid kingdoms: a pearl of a picture book.
Nayu's thoughts
Words can't fully describe how magical this mermaid adventure is. I saw the cover and fell in love with Sylvia the mermaid. Whereas in some stories I might have thought Luka was dreaming about her being a mermaid, I truly believe she is one, such is the power behind Cerrie's story. There's so much joy in Sylvia's smile it makes the rest of her glow. I loved how her top changes throughout the story, matching both the night adventure and the daytime one. Sylvia's passion for swimming is clear from the gentle, encouraging way that she teaches Luka to swim. 

The front cover is a bit sparkly, and more vibrant sea scenes are found inside, with all the animals smiling and interested in Sylvia and Luka as they swim in the sea. I assumed that Luka would see her again, so was a bit surprised when he was shocked to see her in a familiar place, but it made a happy ending which was agreeable to all, including me. I wish I had this book when I was at school, because Sylvia would have been a cool role model to have since I used a wheelchair wasn't always keen on it. Just because someone can't do something which most people can, it doesn't mean they don't have their own special skills which can help others. 

See more cute illustrations over at Laura's website

This competition is now closed
So no matter where you are, you can enjoy Sylvia ^o^

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Mary Preston said...

1: I would have to learn to swim a bit better just to survive underwater.

2: Lose weight so that I look good in my tale.

3: Eat more fish. It's a healthy option.

mellysocks said...

swim ,sunbathe and sing,3 things that I never do in public.