Mermaid Islandby Margaret Frith, Julie Durrell
Jane's new friend Molly can stay underwater for ages, collects strange shells, and never lets Jane see her bare legs. Is there something weird about Mermaid Island?
School Library JournalK-Gr 3In the first of these easy readers, Bugsy is always tormenting and squashing insects until a menacing gold bug with lightning bolts on its wings gets revenge and a promise of good future behavior from the boy. In the second offering, Jane meets Molly and discovers that her new friend's mother is a mermaid. Despite the series name, neither book is likely to cause anyone to shriek. Both titles satisfy the usual requirements of beginning readers with straightforward story lines, short sentences, low readability levels, and illustrations that supply context clues. However, the stories are only average fare.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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