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 Mermaid princesses
 Author: Cameron-Gordon, Maya

 Publisher:  Harper (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., 25 x 25 cm

 BTSB No: 184416 ISBN: 9780063205253
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Mermaids -- Fiction
 Sisters -- Fiction
 Princesses -- Fiction
 Problem solving -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Anaya, Shante, and Kianna are sisters ... and these mermaid princesses couldn't be more different! One day, when a problem too big for any of them to solve alone comes their way, they find out which one of them has what it takes to become legend of the sea.

 Illustrator: Ortega, Mirelle

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/23)
   School Library Journal (05/05/23)

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School Library Journal - 05/05/2023 PreS-Gr 3—Three very different mermaid princesses debate who will one day become queen in this enchanting and encouraging tale. Sisters Anaya, Shante, and Kianna could not be more different; Anaya is the kindest and sweetest, Shante is the bravest, while Kianna is the wisest. The one thing all three sisters share is their dream of becoming queen. The trio travel to ask their mother—the current queen—which of them will sit on the throne. Before she can reply, the sisters begin bickering with each other, and are sent away by their mother who informs them that the future queen must be a good sister and protector. Swimming away, they encounter a trapped dolphin in desperate need of help. They quickly work together, using their strengths and learning an invaluable lesson in the process. Cameron-Gordon's upbeat text is a strong read-aloud choice, instilling in readers the importance of collaboration and helping others. Ortega's vibrant digital illustrations create a stunning underwater world. The mermaid princesses and queen all present Black; the merpeople of the kingdom are diverse in skin tone. Back matter includes facts about mermaids in African culture, such as tales of Mami Wata and Yemaya. VERDICT With stunning artwork accompanied by universal themes, this is recommended for purchase for most collections.—Olivia Gorecke - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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