This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Emilia’s Treasure: How a Mermaid makes Friends is a children’s adventure tale written by Anca Niculae and illustrated by Maria Falie. When a young mermaid, Emilia, decides to seek out friends who she can collect pearls with, she is met with scorn or fear, as the other sea creatures are busy with their own lives and do not wish to play. When Emilia chooses to gather the pearls on her own, she meets new sea creatures who are either distressed, singing, dancing or fleeing danger. Emilia learns that she has a special gift of listening to others and helping others in need, which makes her very special indeed.
I very much enjoyed this delightful children’s book, filled with colorful illustrations throughout. Not only does it deal with those who are rather hostile, but also shows that sometimes you can make new friends just by listening and helping others who are in need. Anca Niculae’s tale of a mermaid who tries so hard to win the friendship of those around her, who are simply unsocial or mean is sad, but when Emilia starts encountering new people and goes out of her way to see what ails them and do what she can to help, she suddenly finds herself surrounded by friends who are genuine and who see the wonderful gifts that clearly shine from within Emilia. This not only makes the young mermaid appreciate her new friends, but also shows how wonderful her new friends truly are.
The interactive questionnaire at the end of the book encourages young readers to look inside themselves for their own values and see what makes them special. I very much enjoyed Emilia’s Treasure: How a Mermaid makes Friends, and recommend it to new readers aged 5-12 years of age so that they can discover how making friends should never be hard work; doing good deeds will earn you genuine friends in due time.