Author: Idle, Molly Schaar
A disagreement between Coral, Filly, and Manta, three young mermaids who work together to build and safeguard the reef that is their home, must quickly be set right.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/07/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2020 Coral, Filly, and Manta are three mermaids who coexist well in their beautiful teal sea, each caring for part of the underwater world. Coral maintains the reefs, Filly cares for the small fish, and Manta takes charge of the stingrays and sharks. All is well until Coral discovers a refuge in the reef where she can be alone, away from the rest of sea life. When Filly and Manta discover what Coral has decided to keep only for herself, they try to convince her to share, but Coral's angry words drive her friends away. She soon realizes that isolation is not much fun and reaches out to her friends to make it right. The mainly blue, pink, and yellow pastel illustrations in Prismacolor pencils begin to fade after the disagreement, as lonely Coral and her reef turn pale and colorless. An appealing variety of perspectives are used to create the charming margin-to-margin pictures. This gentle tale's morals of caring for our friends and working together to take responsibility for our environment are important messages for young children. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—In this companion to Pearl, Idle tells the tale of three mermaids—Coral, who creates the reef; Filly, who looks after the fish in the reef; and Manta, who raises the sharks and rays that eat the reef fish, keeping it in balance. The three live in harmony, each doing their part to keep the reef healthy, until one day Coral finds an empty hollow in the reef and decides that she wants to be alone and keep it to herself. When her friends find her there, in a flash of anger, she banishes them from her empty spot on the reef. Amid a now colorless, lifeless reef, Coral realizes her mistake and she sets out to make it right. A full-page spread with Coral on one side shows her reaching out to her friends on the opposite side. She tells them she can't make it a home without them. The three then restore life—and color—back to the reef, making it their home again. The colorful illustrations are reminiscent of an animated, kid-friendly short film and will appeal to young readers. VERDICT A vibrant offering with an environmentally friendly message about collaboration and the interconnectedness that exists in nature and life in order to maintain an essential balance and optimal results. Fans of the first installment will be thrilled with this follow-up.—Megan Kilgallen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.