The Secret Sea Horse (Mermaid Tales Series #6)

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Echo Reef loves sea horses so much, she wants one for a pet…no matter what!

Of all the creatures in the ocean, sea horses are Echo Reef’s favorite. They’re sweet and gentle and they glide through the water so gracefully. When Echo discovers that Rocky Ridge, one of her Trident Academy classmates, has his own pet sea horse, she wants one right away. Not everyone agrees sea horses should be pets, however—perhaps they are happiest when swimming freely. But Echo thinks that if Rocky...

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Echo Reef loves sea horses so much, she wants one for a pet…no matter what!

Of all the creatures in the ocean, sea horses are Echo Reef’s favorite. They’re sweet and gentle and they glide through the water so gracefully. When Echo discovers that Rocky Ridge, one of her Trident Academy classmates, has his own pet sea horse, she wants one right away. Not everyone agrees sea horses should be pets, however—perhaps they are happiest when swimming freely. But Echo thinks that if Rocky can make a sea horse happy, she can too! Can’t she?

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Children's Literature - Tina Chan
Third grader Echo Reef is a mermaid whose favorite animal is the sea horse. She discovers her classmate, Rocky, has a pet sea horse named Zollie. Echo wants a pet sea horse until her sister, Crystal, tells her that sea horses should be free instead of on a leash. Echo wishes she could speak the sea horse language so she could ask Zollie. Echo is sure that Zollie does not speak the mermaid language. Echo raises the question in class of whether sea horses should be free or held captive, which gets Rocky upset. The next day, Echo’s mother, Dr. Eleanor Reef, is a guest speaker at Echo’s class. Dr. Reef runs the Conservatory for the Preservation of Sea Horses and Swordfish. She discusses both sides of the argument. The next day, Echo goes to see Zollie. She sees Rocky setting Zollie free before she rushes to school. After school, she goes to Rocky’s shell to apologize, but not before Zollie returns. Echo is happy that Zollie chose to return as Rocky’s pet. This book is an uplifting story that teaches early readers to empathize and to see both sides of a story. Reviewer: Tina Chan; Ages 6 to 9.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442482609
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Mermaid Tales Series , #6
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 162,706
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 140 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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The Secret Sea Horse


ECHO REEF HELD HER BREATH. She crossed her fingers and her pink tail fins. She was hoping that Mrs. Karp wouldn’t say the worst thing ever. But she did.

“Class,” Mrs. Karp said, looking around the room of twenty third graders, “we will have a spelling test on Wednesday.”

Echo’s heart sank. But a merboy named Rocky Ridge cheered, “Yippee!” Everyone looked at Rocky in surprise. Usually he hated any kind of schoolwork.

Rocky smiled and then he laughed. “Just kidding.”

Mrs. Karp raised her green eyebrows at Rocky, but continued. “Since we only have two days before your test, I’ll give you a short list of ten words.”

Ten words! Echo thought it might as well have been a million. Echo was a good merstudent in most of the subjects at Trident Academy. She liked merology, storytelling, science, and astronomy. But spelling was difficult for her.

Mrs. Karp pointed to a list of words on a seaweed chart. “These ocean creatures are extremely interesting. It will be quite useful to know how to spell their names.” Echo looked at the list as Mrs. Karp called on various students to read the words aloud.

“Pipefish,” Shelly Siren said.

“Sea dragon,” Kiki Coral read.

Then Pearl Swamp read, “Sea horse.” Echo loved sea horses. She couldn’t help daydreaming about them. They were so cute and graceful. Sometimes she visited the Conservatory for the Preservation of Sea Horses and Swordfish, where her mother worked. Housed in the fabulous Trident Plaza Hotel, the conservatory had the largest display of sea horses known to merfolk. It was also a hospital for sick or hurt sea horses. Echo liked sea horses even more than she liked humans—and she adored everything about humans.

“Echo,” Mrs. Karp said, “please read the next word.”

Echo gulped. She’d been so busy thinking about sea horses, she wasn’t sure which word were they on. She guessed and read, “Stonefish.”

Mrs. Karp tapped her white tail on her marble desk and shook her head. “Echo, you need to pay closer attention. Pearl, please read the next word.”

Pearl looked at Echo and stuck her nose up in the water before reading, “Trumpet fish.”

Echo sighed. How was she ever going to learn ten new spelling words before Wednesday? She wished she could ride away on a sea horse and never take another spelling test ever again.

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