In this Mermaid Tales adventure, Shelly’s not sure she’s ready to be royalty.
Not one of the merkids in Shelly Siren’s third grade class can believe the shell-shattering news: Shelly is a princess! A real princess! It’s been a deep, dark secret in Trident City, but now everyone knows—and Shelly doesn’t know how to act. Should she start wearing a glittery crown? Or move to a grand undersea palace? Will her friends have to call her Princess Shelly? She knows it’s an exciting turn of events, but Shelly’s not sure she can truly fit the royal part. Can she find a way to be a princess and stay herself?
About 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.
Read an Excerpt
CLASS, HERE’S A RIDDLE. What creature has a head, a soft body, and one foot?” Mrs. Karp asked her classroom of twenty third graders.
One excited merboy blurted out, “A dolphin with a big belly?”
Mrs. Karp raised a green eyebrow. “No, Rocky, these creatures sometimes have a shell. Can anyone else tell me the correct answer?”
Shelly Siren pushed her red hair out of her face and slowly raised her hand. “Is it a mollusk?”
Mrs. Karp slapped her white tail on her marble desk. “Correct! And mollusks are the subject of our next project.”
Rocky groaned. “Mrs. Karp, do we have to do another seaweed report?” The entire class held its breath. The merkids had been at Trident Academy for only a few weeks, and already they’d done assignments on sharks, whales, krill, and famous merpeople.
“No. Instead of reports we’ll be making sculptures!” Mrs. Karp said. “Tomorrow your art teacher, Miss Haniver, will give you a lesson on sculpting. Won’t that be delightful?” Mrs. Karp smiled at the merboys and mergirls.
Shelly thought making a sculpture sounded hard, but she hoped it’d be easier than a written report. She’d much rather be playing Shell Wars than sculpting or writing a paper. Shell Wars was a fun game where you used a whale bone to toss a shell into a chest guarded by an octopus, while the other team tried to stop you from scoring.
Shelly’s good friend Kiki Coral asked, “Mrs. Karp, I read in the Trident City Tide that there’s a group of vampire squid living on the other side of Whale Mountain. Are they mollusks?”
Mrs. Karp nodded. “Yes, they are. Vampire squid are one of my favorite mollusks because their light organs make a lovely glow when they are disturbed.”
“Vampire squid?” Rocky gasped. “I’ve heard about them. They come into your shell at night and suck your blood!”
A few merkids squealed. Shelly’s other close friend, Echo Reef, looked ready to cry. “Is that true?”
Mrs. Karp frowned at Rocky. “Of course not. That’s just an old mertale told to scare merkids.”
Echo’s eyes widened and her pink tail shook. “It worked,” she whispered to Shelly. “I’m terrified.”
“Now, students, we have quite a busy day. First, we’re going to meet Madame Hippocampus, who will teach you merology. Then, after lunch, we’ll visit the library so you can decide which mollusk you would like to sculpt.”
Rocky and a few other boys frowned. “Do we have to study merology?” Rocky asked.
“Of course,” Mrs. Karp said. “To be a well-rounded merperson, you must know everything about merhistory, government, and society. And, class, if you have never seen a hippocampus before, do not scream when you first see Madame. It is not polite.”
“A hippocampus!” Rocky shrieked. “I heard they have six heads and twelve eyes!”
Mrs. Karp glared at Rocky. “That will be quite enough. You must stop spreading these silly rumors. They can only cause trouble.”
“What’s a hippocampus?” Shelly whispered to Kiki as they glided to line up. Kiki was probably one of the smartest merstudents in class and usually knew the answers.
Kiki whispered back, “A hippocampus is part dolphin and part horse. But I’ve never seen one. I wonder which part is which.”
“I guess we’ll find out soon enough,” Shelly said. “Whatever she looks like, I sure hope she’s nice.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Kelly Santana for Readers' Favorite The Lost Princess by Debbie Dadey is a tale of a mermaid who struggles to understand her role in the sea world. In the waters of Trident City, Shelly Siren grew up as a normal fry. Like most of her “merfriends,” Shelly liked to explore the ocean and play with the sea animals. That was the way she lived her life until the new school year at Trident Academy started. During a merology class, Shelly found out that her great aunt was a queen. Surprised to know that she was part of the royalty, Shelly demanded answers from her grandfather who, in an attempt to give her a normal life, hid the secret of Shelly´s royal relatives from her. After knowing that she was a princess and the third in line for the Western Ocean crown, Shelly went into despair. She did not want to give up her ordinary life, but at the same time she had to acknowledge her new reality. During this adventure, Shelly learned many lessons on friendship, responsibility, humility, and acceptance in order to make peace with her status of being a royal. In The Lost Princess, Debbie Dadey did a great job incorporating the story of a little mermaid (Shelly Siren) to a science class under the sea. Shelly could be any girl with many doubts and insecurities. Ms Dadey developed a character, which like many of us, has to deal with various dilemmas, and has to make sound decisions about her life. The book brings valuable lessons about acceptance and responsibility. I loved the illustration, the colorful characters, and the terms the author used to describe them. By incorporating sea creatures in the plot, Ms Dadey contributes to a more enjoyable marine experience. The glossary at the end of the book is another bonus and it certainly helps children understand better some science terminology. It is a great resource to children in grades K-4.
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I want to read all the books in the seires. I only read number 1
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