Mermaid Mysteries: Rosa and the Water Pony (Book 1)


A group of mermaid friends try to figure out who is trying to sabotage their magical water pony entrance into a carnival.
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A group of mermaid friends try to figure out who is trying to sabotage their magical water pony entrance into a carnival.
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Kirkus Reviews

A new chapter-book series introduces a set of mermaid friends.

Rosa, a young mermaid, lives in Mermaid Bay with her three best friends. The annual Midsummer Carnival is coming up and the girls can't wait to enter. The best performance wins a gleaming pearl necklace! With the help of a sparkling water pony (a magically transformed seahorse, of course), fluttering golden ribbons and a routine filled with dazzling finflips and tailspins, the girls are certain their team will win. But mean twin sisters Muriel and Myrtle make fun of their routine. And when Rosa's cousin Coral visits unexpectedly, her triple sideflip and graceful pirouettes blow Rosa's best moves out of the water. To make matters worse, their water pony is stolen on the day of the show! How will they ever win the necklace now? Familiar themes of friendships, jealousy and bullying abound in this undersea world—with a generous sprinkling of sea jewels and stardust on every page. The pony is named Sparkle, natch.

An alternative for those fairy-loving transitioning readers who are looking for a new magical adventure.(Fantasy. 6-8)

Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Rosa and the Water Pony is a part of the "Mermaid Mysteries" series. Mermaid Rosa, and her friends Melody, Jasmine and Sula are excited because it is time for the Mermaid Bay's annual carnival. At the carnival there will be a parade and the best performance at the parade will win a pretty pearl necklace. Rosa and her fellow mermaids decide to put a presentation together that will be spectacular. They enter the contest and call their team the "Water Babes." As a team they decide to find a friendly sea horse and use their mermaid magic to turn it into a water pony. They start working on their plans, but not everyone is happy that they have entered the parade. Twin mermaids Myrtle and Muriel, who are older than the Water Babes team make fun of them and tell them they are too young to win. Rosa knew that winning the pearl necklace would take a lot of practice so she asks her older cousin Cora for help. She comes just as the discouraging twins made their exit. The Water Babes have their water pony and with the help of Cora and all their hard work, their routine is beautiful. The Water Babes know they are ready for the parade, but then a few things happen that makes their performance impossible and threatens to tear apart their team and more importantly their friendship. The mermaids have to solve this mystery to save their friendship and performance. Can they do it? Readers will enjoy finding out. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Mermaid friends Jasmine, Sula, and Melody support Rosa's suggestion that they enter the Midsummer Carnival Competition. With the hope of winning a pearl necklace, they decide to use their magic to turn a sea horse into a water pony. Rosa's cousin Coral swims in and is invited to join them. Her talents for casting spells and stunt riding outshine Rosa's efforts, and Rosa abruptly leaves the group. When the friends meet to practice with the pony in the morning, neither Rosa nor the animal is there and a search ensues. Surprises unfold as they are found, and the friends reconcile and win the competition. The allure of mermaid culture, a large font, and frequent line drawings welcome children who are ready to take the plunge from beginning readers to this transitional chapter book, and they will be looking for the second installment in this series.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807550885
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Mermaid Mysteries , #2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 318,329
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Katy Kit studied English at the University of London and went on to become a children's book editor. She moved to Bath, England, in 1996, where she now lives with her husband, David, and their two young children.

After a degree and 10 years working in Graphic Design, Tom Knight eventually realised that true happiness lies in drawing pictures in a shed at the bottom of the garden for a living. Brought up on a healthy diet of Tintin, The Beano and good country air, Tom finds his inspiration all over the place, constantly getting under his feet and making a mess. Tom lives on Mersea island with his splendid wife Tabby and their 2 boys, Archie and Seth.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    A Terrific Start for Beginning Readers

    This was a cute book but it won't be on my Christmas buying list. I did read this to the girls and they enjoyed it but I needed to edit out the magical chanting. It was just a bit weird & the book would have cute without it. We did like the illustrations & the mermaids.

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