Mermaid Dance

Mermaid Dance

by Marjorie Hakala, Mark Jones
     
 

As the sun sets on the ocean, the sky turns pink, then purple, the spring becomes the summer, and a celebration begins. Mermaids arrive, ready to greet the new season by playing, feasting, and dancing in the high tide.

Mark Jones' pastel illustrations capture an enchanting and mysterious world sure to delight the imagination of all readers.

Overview

As the sun sets on the ocean, the sky turns pink, then purple, the spring becomes the summer, and a celebration begins. Mermaids arrive, ready to greet the new season by playing, feasting, and dancing in the high tide.

Mark Jones' pastel illustrations capture an enchanting and mysterious world sure to delight the imagination of all readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
It is the summer solstice and the mermaids gather for a celebration. Once the sun is set, they meet on a large rock near the shore. A seaweed carpet is spread and each mermaid contributes to the feast of ocean delicacies. After eating they dance and swim in the moonlight. One of the mermaids has brought a younger sister who mirrors the experience of enjoying this festival for the first time. She asks questions and delights in new discoveries. Turtles, fish, and seagulls gather round to observe the mermaids play. The tide goes out as the sun rises and the mermaids are swept back to the bottom of the sea. Observant readers will notice that a memento of the evening has been left of the sandy shore. Colorful, luminescent illustrations cover the pages with beautiful seascapes and graceful mermaids. This book is a good choice to introduce the topic of the summer solstice or to just enjoy for its quiet whimsy. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

On the first night of summer, with the moon high in the sky, mermaids swim toward the beach. Making party preparations, the magical creatures spread out seaweed carpets and decorate low hanging branches with strings of pearls and coral beads. After a feast, two of the mermaids play shell instruments while their friends join hands and dance in the sea. Soon "wild creatures of the ocean" and forest animals "twirled and played in the waves, bringing in the new season." Jones's pastel illustrations show the dreamlike festivities both above and below water. A magical fantasy to celebrate the summer solstice.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
Hakala's enchanting tale explores the fantastical world of mermaids. As evening arrives and the tide rises high, a school of colorful mermaids gathers at the shore. These fey creatures adorn the coast with ocean treasures for their midnight feast. After dining on the sea's bounty, the mermaids dance among the waves in a celebration of the summer solstice. Gentle text that mimics the steady rhythm of the sea offers readers a soothing lullaby. Jones's pastel illustrations provide a lush background for the beguiling tale. A vivid palette illuminates the intensity of the ocean at dusk. His layered, luminescent pictures present a unique perspective of activity both above and below the surface. This bewitching combination of ethereal paintings and fanciful text invites readers to contemplate the secrets of the sea long after the book is closed. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934706473
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
04/22/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marjorie Rose Hakala is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Queens, New York, and has always been fascinated by fairy tales and folklore. She is still waiting to see her first mermaid.

Mark Jones was born in Switzerland, grew up in Florida, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a degree in illustration. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and wonders if the mermen had their own party.

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