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I Am a Meadow Mermaid

I Am a Meadow Mermaid

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Tundra Books
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A farm girl with a big imagination turns her landlocked home into an ocean playground in this dreamy picture book for little mermaids everywhere.

A little girl dreams of adventures in the water and feels the spirit of the ocean all around her . . . even though she lives on the prairie, with flat land as far as the eye can see. But she won't let a little detail like that stand in the way of being a meadow mermaid! Frolicking in the "waves" of wheat and "oceans" of grass, spying sea horses and . . . a shipwrecked sailor? Even if that shipwreck is actually an overturned bike and the sailor a new kid from a neighboring field, it's still a chance to make a new friend, one with an imagination as expansive and a love of the ocean as deep as the little girl's own.

This fanciful, whimsical picture book will charm young mermaids and little pirates everywhere, and inspire them to embrace the spirit of the ocean in the things around them, no matter where they live!

About the Author

KALLIE GEORGE is an author, editor and creative writing teacher. Her most recent picture book, Merry Christmas, Anne, continues her successful work adapting the Anne of Green Gables series for a new generation and follows If I Couldn't Be Anne and Goodnight, Anne as well as her Anne of Green Gables chapter book series. Kallie has written other acclaimed books for children, including The Lost Gift; Secrets I Know; Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and The Melancholic Mermaid, as well as The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series and The Heartwood Hotel series. She has also taught writing workshops for children and adults across Canada, as well as in South Korea, and currently teaches at Emily Carr University.

ELLY MACKAY is an acclaimed paper artist and children's book author and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated the picture books In the Clouds and Red Sky at Night as well as Waltz of the Snowflakes, If You Hold a Seed and Butterfly Park, among others. Elly's art was also featured on the covers of Tundra's reissues of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon series. Her distinctive pieces are made using paper and ink, and then are set into a miniature theater and photographed, giving them their unique three-dimensional quality. Elly lives in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her two children.

Praise for I Am a Meadow Mermaid

"A whimsical homage to imaginary play and friendship. . . . Joyful and memorable." —Kirkus Reviews

"Poetic in an unpretentious way, George’s graceful text uses apt imagery and reads aloud beautifully. MacKay’s artwork, created by photographing paper dioramas, helps viewers imagine the meadow mermaid’s moments of drama as well as her magical surroundings. . . . This enjoyable picture book celebrates the power of a child’s imagination." —Booklist

"This wonderful picture book will have you longing for the adventure and imagination of childhood. Children and parents will be swept away." —Story Monsters Ink

“[A] beautiful celebration of waving wheat fields and starlit nights, and also a tribute to the friendship between two children.” —Winnipeg Free Press

"With a beautiful and poetic narrative arc told by a meadow mermaid, this awe-inspiring tale sends a message to young readers that anything is possible so long as you believe." —Young Adulting

"The spare but poetic text is accompanied by pictures long on atmosphere but short on fine detail. Together, they move the reader past the here-and-now fields of grass to conjure a sense of waves tossing on the sea." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials