Three Little Mermaids

Mara Van Fleet, Author, Mara Van Fleet, Illustrator
Mara Van Fleet, S&S/Wiseman, $14.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-4424-1286-6
Reviewed on: 02/07/2011
Release date: 01/01/2011
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On the cover of this chunky, interactive counting book, a tab makes a mermaid's purple tail swish back and forth in an effect reminiscent of recent titles by the author's husband, Matthew Van Fleet (Cat). Inside, the book counts to 10 while detailing the guest list for the mermaids' underwater tea party: "One friendly octopus brought some sticky treats" (its lollipop is sticky to the touch); four shimmering clown fish cart cupcakes and teabags; and eight sea horses play hide-and-seek in some kelp, thanks to another tab. The three mermaids appear in a simple pop-up in a final spread. This cuddly, sparkly, and shiny vision of undersea life should hit the spot for mermaid lovers. Ages 2–up. (Jan.)
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