Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Author: Stephanie True Peters
For anyone who has ever wondered if mermaids exist, here is a stunning oversize novelty book that reveals everything about their secret world, from how to recognize and find them to tips about their style and preferences. Stories about mermaids past and present are interwoven with activities such as selecting the perfect pet for a mermaid and touring a mermaid castle. Breathtaking watercolor paintings of mermaids, marine animals, and underwater landscapes offer plenty of details to discover. This beautiful gift book offers interactive fun on every page, leading up to a glittery surprise on the final spread.
This mermaid book is truly phenomenal, and one of a kind. For those of you who keep up with my blog consistently, you will see that I review all sorts of mermaid books, especially ones that share mermaid secrets. However, this one is absolutely gorgeous! The book opens up with a young girl claiming that she saw a mermaid, who then leaves her a bunch of treasures from the deep. Continuing on in the mermaids perspective, she opens up to the young girl about her world and the mermaid culture, such as the styles of fashion and even the types of pets mermaids have. What I also loved about this book is the amount of beautiful mermaid images; they are truly stunning, and colorful, which is a must-have in a children's book. I will definitely be adding this to my mer-library, and I recommend to all of you to give this a try. It is perfect for children and adults alike since it is not written in a juvenile fashion, and it is full of interesting stories, pictures and information. I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Author: Disney, Amy Edgar
The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.
Although this is a book that is aimed at children, I didnt care and wanted to do a review on it because I love and adore The Little Mermaid, whether it is the Disney version or the Hans Christian Anderson Version. I really liked this book because it stayed true to the Disney version. It also has very beautiful screenshot-type pictures throughout the book. These can be very useful if someone wanted to do a sketch or painting of this Disney classic!
I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie
Author: Ruth Parks
Fourteen-year-old Riko manages to get her sister Sif and herself to their Pacific island home, where a scientist who falls in love with Sif discovers her connection with an underwater race.
A beautiful island paradise, a city of coral and mermaids just a swim away... and a jealous little Riko is what this book is all about! The way that Ruth Park wrote this book really transports you to the mystical island of Rongo. Every time I read a page, I really felt like I was on the island experiencing everything with the sea people and partaking in adventures with the Menehune alongside Riko. I also loved Riko's transformation, which is very clear throughout the book. She starts off as a protective and jealous child, and blossoms into a caring and intelligent young woman. I must say though, one thing that did slightly bother me was that the plot didn't really thicken until the end of the book. Also readers, prepare yourselves, because the end of the book made me look like this:
However, the book was overall very well thought out, and the way that the underwater race of seapeople were described added a hint of fantasy and adventure to the book. I give this book (****) 4 stars.
Sirenita The Selkie
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