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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Beautiful, magical mermaids live in the sea with many other creatures. Suzanna Lynn's book, Mermaid Tails, finds a unique and creative way to meld the two. Mermaid Tails can be read on two levels. There is a simple story filled with questions in bold print that encourages kids to imagine what life as a mermaid would be like. Then, in smaller print below, there is a fun fact about the ocean or ocean life that ties into the depiction of the mermaid. So, instead of thinking that mermaids can only have fish tails, what if they had tails like a jellyfish or hammerhead shark? Just like the diversity found in the ocean, mermaids could also be unique.
Having worked in a public library for over 35 years, I know that mermaid tales are challenging to keep on the shelves. Mermaid Tails will be a perennial favorite because of its unique and imaginative take on mermaids. Not only does it showcase mermaids and mermen, but it also brings their fellow ocean dwellers into focus. The illustrations by Suzanna Smith do a stellar job of capturing the sea creatures the mermaids mimic. I loved the glow-in-the-dark mermaid that looked like an anglerfish. Children will come away with an appreciation for the abundant life in the ocean and how important it is for them to embrace their individuality. Suzanna Lynn has tapped into a subject that children love and invites them to stretch their imaginations. Mermaid Tails is one book that children will request again and again.