Mermaid Dreams

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Something fishy's afoot! Every girl's fantasy of being a mermaid meets every child's reality of having to wash up before bed in a delightful good-night story with a real twist in the tale.

"Meriam liked lots of things, but she didn't like getting ready for bed..." As her mother scrubs behind her ears and combs the seashells out of her tangled hair, little beach babe Meriam describes a most extraordinary day: diving for pearls, swimming with dolphins, even frolicking with ...

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Overview

Something fishy's afoot! Every girl's fantasy of being a mermaid meets every child's reality of having to wash up before bed in a delightful good-night story with a real twist in the tale.

"Meriam liked lots of things, but she didn't like getting ready for bed..." As her mother scrubs behind her ears and combs the seashells out of her tangled hair, little beach babe Meriam describes a most extraordinary day: diving for pearls, swimming with dolphins, even frolicking with octopuses. Is Meriam making it all up?

No, because Meriam is every young girl's dream--a real-life mermaid who never, ever has to clean between her toes!

A sweet, soothing good-night tail--er, tale!--by the author-illustrator team behind WANDA'S FIRST DAY.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The text and illustrations sparkle with originality in this story of little Meriam and her dislike of getting ready for bed. Every evening she brushes her teeth and then her mother combs her hair. Meriam's displeasure is shown as she sits with her arms tightly crossed and her lips pursed. One night a shell falls out of her rippling tangle of hair, and Meriam explains that she had been to the beach where she lay in the sand. Meriam also has seaweed in her hair from diving down deeper than where octopuses play. Why did she swim so far? To find a pearl for her mother, of course. As her mother urges her to continue getting ready for bed, a little fish jumps from Meriam's ear and a tiny crab scuttles out from behind her neck. And then, "Splash!" Meriam is ready for bed. This lively tale about Meriam, whose wild tresses can fill a two-page spread, will certainly appeal to kids, especially all those young girls who enjoy reading about mermaids.
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PreS-K-As Meriam's mother is helping her get ready for bed, the child describes her day in the ocean, where she went deeper than the dolphins and the octopuses. When the woman combs her daughter's hair, she finds a shell and seaweed in it. The girl then explains that she swam so far to get her mother a pearl. A little fish jumps out from her clean ears and a baby crab emerges from her scrubbed neck. Meriam falls asleep while resting her head gently on a starfish. The twist comes on the last spread, where readers see the lower half of Meriam for the first time: she is a mermaid. The enchanting illustrations capture the rich hues of ocean and marine life and enhance the story's sense of whimsy.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Like many kids, Meriam doesn't like to get ready for bed. But is Meriam really like other kids? When her mother tries to comb Meriam's tangled hair, a shell falls out. Meriam explains she's been lying in sand at the beach. Then her mother finds a piece of seaweed and Meriam reveals she's been diving deep, deep, deep beneath the ocean waves to where starfish live, dolphins play and octopuses dance. In fact, Meriam has managed to pluck a pretty pearl from the ocean's bottom for her mother. As Meriam continues her evening toilette, a little fish jumps out of her ear and a baby crab scuttles from behind her neck. What next? But Meriam is ready for bed, happy that she doesn't need to clean between her toes. Against an ocean-blue backdrop of floating fish, shells and stars, wondrously whimsical illustrations show the aquatic Meriam with her mass of tangled curls frolicking like a water baby in the sea. And the pictures take the story through to its surprising end. A perfect bedtime "tail." (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439796101
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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