Bound To Stay Bound

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 Mermaid and me
 Author: Soosh

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 835690 ISBN: 9780316426626
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Mermaids -- Fiction
 Environmental protection -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

A girl and a mermaid become best friends as they figure out how to enjoy their favorite things together, but when the shore becomes unsafe Mermaid must leave, promising to return.

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/20)
   Booklist (03/01/20)

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Booklist - 03/01/2020 Teased by her classmates for loving mermaids, a girl is thrilled to meet a young mermaid at the shore. Calling herself an “underwater girl,” the mer-child takes Mermaid as her name. Soon the two girls are enjoying conversations and adventures together. Mermaid teaches the “aboveground girl” to swim, and together they rescue a turtle caught in some plastic. The girl attaches a barrel of water to her bicycle and takes Mermaid for a ride. After a storm, the girl finds Mermaid tangled in a net and, with help from her classmates, sets her free. The story ends years later, when the two friends, now grown, introduce their babies to each other. Though there’s a little narrative tension at the beginning and near the end, this is primarily an idyllic tale, told in well-measured prose that’s both down-to-earth and imaginative. The story’s setting is very pleasing, with plenty of white space surrounding the wide-spaced lines of text and the beautifully composed, subtly shaded watercolor illustrations. A gentle, captivating picture book for “aboveground” kids who dream of mermaids. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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