The Mermaid and the Shoe

The Mermaid and the Shoe

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In this delightful picture book, Minnow seems to be the only one of King Neptune's fifty mermaid daughters who has no particular skill or accomplishments. That is, except for her persistence in asking many, many questions. ?Why don't crabs have fins? ?Where do bubbles go? ?What lies beyond the kingdom? But one day, as Minnow is drifting in the ocean all alone, a single red woman's shoe, ?the loveliest thing she'd ever seen,? floats toward her seemingly from out of nowhere. Never having seen a shoe before, Willow becomes intrigued by what it might be. When no one in the kingdom can tell her, she sets off on a quest to find out and, along the way, uncovers answers to many of the things that have been vexing her, including what her true purpose is!

Award-winning author and illustrator K. G. Campbell beautifully captures the watery world of his mermaids with soft blues and grays, long hair rippling in the currents and lots of bubbles. Young readers will chuckle knowingly at Minnow's misinterpretations of the world ?at the edge of the kingdom, where bubbles burst and the above place began,? as they delight in her discovery of what the shoe is used for. With the feel of a fairy tale, this is a fun and humorous story with a wonderful message appropriate for character education lessons about the value of believing in yourself and the power of perseverance when you are searching for answers to life's most important questions.
Publisher: Toronto, ON ; Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781554537716
Branch Call Number: E CAMPBEL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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Apr 02, 2019

I have to agree with the other comment about this being a really empowering tale. When you're the little one it can almost be harder to find your place, because you've got this pressure to live up to those siblings before you. In the end she finds her special place and is treasured. Perfect for families with siblings.

Apr 07, 2018

Excellent read and beautifully illustrated. The story is playful and empowering, reassuring children that there is a special place and purpose just for them. I'd recommend it to read to any child--and especially to any child with a curious/adventurous spirit.

Feb 03, 2018

Beautiful, imaginative, and inspiring story about finding your own path! Illustrations are GORGEOUS!

Nov 07, 2017

Every mermaid has a special talent-she just has to discover it! An imaginative read-a-loud with beautiful soft illustrations.

Can there be a topic more enchanting than a mermaid AND a red shoe? K.G. Campbell's sublime picture book dives down into the mysteries below the sea, of which, her watercolor illustrations are certainly a treasure trove.


With its can do mermaid who seeks answers in spite of her age and size, its beautiful watercolor and pencil crayon imagery, and writing that makes the reader feel like they’re indulging in a contemporary classic, there is no question in my mind that The Mermaid and the Shoe is the best little mermaid related picture book of all time. Utterly charming and unique, I can only hope it inspires other artists and authors to attempt to write more quality works of picture book fiction about magical creatures for the kiddos. It’s not an easy task, but when it works boy HOWDY does it work! Beguiling and bewitching, there’s only one true word to describe this book. Beautiful.

forbesrachel Jun 30, 2014

Minnow has many mermaid sisters, each of whom have a special talent, sadly, she seems to have none. She is curious though, and nothing can curb her desire to know, especially when, one day, a shoe floats down from the surfaceworld. No one seems to know what it is, and mermaids have no feet, so it is difficult for her to imagine what it could be for. Determined, she heads towards the surface where answers are to be found. Like the story, the illustrations have a wistful elegance to them. The foggy blue-grey colour of the ocean creates the impression of vast depth. In comparison, the upperworld is full of soft, light colours, and sights that fascinate Minnow. In the larger spreads, the artist has drawn exquisite compositions between Minnow and the sea creatures. The Mermaid and the Shoe has the feel of a fairytale because of its art, magical setting, and meaningful lesson. Everyone has a special quality. By following her curiosity, Minnow finds her true calling.


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Mermaids are talented creatures. Just ask King Neptune. The merman has fifty (count ‘em) fifty daughters and every single one of them has a talent. Every single one . . . except perhaps Minnow. The youngest daughter, Minnow can’t garden or train fish or sing particularly well. Instead, she asks questions. Questions that nobody seems to know the answers to. One day, a strange red object falls from above. No one, not even Minnow’s stuck up sister Calypso, can say what it is or what it does. Inspired, Minnow goes up to the surface to discover its use. What she finds shocks her, but also gives her a true purpose. She’s not just the youngest daughter in her family any more. No, Minnow is an explorer through and through.


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