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Macy the Mermaid: A Chesapeake Bay Adventure by Cindy Freland is an informative children’s story about a boy’s exciting adventures during his fishing trips with his father. Liam enjoys the beautiful world around him as he helps his father on their boat. During summer, he prepares and cleans their fishing equipment. One day while they are out, Liam sees a mermaid riding on the back of a turtle. Liam is intrigued by the mermaid. His father, however, does not believe in mermaids but Liam is convinced of their existence. Meanwhile, Macy the mermaid and her best friend, Thor the turtle, swim close to the watermen but not close enough that the men can identify them. They lead the watermen to better fishing areas.
Macy the Mermaid inspires children to be imaginative. Liam is excited to find and talk to a mermaid. It also contains lessons about responsibility and hard work. Liam wakes up early to help his father. He is inspired by the beauty of the scenery around him. The story contains information about fishing, fishing equipment, and different types of fish. The book’s last section contains surprising facts that explain the contents that appear in the main part of the book such as what mermaids are, the number of fish species in the Chesapeake Bay, and the types of boats that fishermen use. It also contains suggestions for helping to conserve the Bay and other similar areas. Bright illustrations that capture the beautiful backdrop are also included. Macy the Mermaid by Cindy Freland is a fun children’s story with thrilling scenes and educative content.