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Mermaid Sister Hardcover – May 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1st edition (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797469
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—What could be better than having a sister to share everything with? Having a mermaid sister! Fed up with her annoying little brother and longing for a more amenable sibling, Shelly comes up with a plan. While on a trip to the beach, she writes a note advertising for a sister, slips it into a bottle, and tosses it into the ocean. Before long a mermaid swims up and accepts the position. Coral moves in with Shelly (which presents certain problems) and their time together is full of fun (playing dress up and painting toenails/fins) and even their first fight (followed by making up). All good things must end, though, and Coral eventually returns to the sea, but she has a plan for keeping in touch. Filled with peach and turquoise hues, the acrylic paintings sing of summer by the sea. The scenes are depicted with warmth and gentle humor and the text keeps the tone light. A somewhat frivolous read, this book may tickle fans of Fancy Nancy or sisters with problematic little brothers.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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About the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the I.Q. series. Her awards include an SLJ Best Book of the Year, a Book Links Book of the Year, an International Reading Association Young Reader’s Choice Award, and a Book Sense Children’s Pick. She lives in Simi Valley, California, and would love to have a mermaid visit—if only her husband and three sons didn’t mind eating tuna casserole every night. Visit her Web site at www.maryannfraser.com.


More About the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the author and/or illustrator of over sixty books for children in fiction and non-fiction, from preschool to middle grade. Most recently she wrote and illustrated PETSHOP LULLABY, MERMAID SISTER and I.Q. GETS FIT. Her awards include a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Book Links Book of the Year, IRA Young Readers Choice Award, and American Booksellers "Pick of the List." She writes and draws pictures in Southern California where she can garden, hike, and visit the beach twelve months of the year. You can learn more about her at www.maryannfraser.com or visit her blog at http://maryannfraser.wordpress.com.

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Cute story, cute illustrations!
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I decided to buy this book after I read it from our local library.
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My 5 year old daughter loves this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TimAbb on August 27, 2011
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I made a mistake and did not read this book prior to reading it to my three year old. After page one or two I ad-libbed the entire book. The themes of I do not like my brother, I fight and pull the hair of my friends-with pictures of this, and my friends are pains too is not a good message to kids. This book is in the recycle bin after 24 hours in my house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book lady on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 5 year old daughter loves this book. It is very sweet with a nice happy ending. I would recommend this book to anyone with a girl aged 3-6 who loves mermaids!!! It is also a great book for little girls who are longing for a sister (especially those who got a brother instead!)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Delzer on September 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a little brother, who I'm sure was probably viewed as a bit of a nuisance to my older siblings, I probably am not the best person to give advice like this. Yet, after reading this book, I expect a few older sisters might understand what it is like to be a part of a family where people have to learn to accept their siblings - their differences, their mannerisms, and the like.

That said, Fraser's picture book about a young girl who 'hires' a mermaid to be her sister is very charming and cute. Shelly is fed up with her little brother Gordy, and decides to toss a bottle into the ocean, hoping to find someone who will be her 'sister' - apply onshore, the ad read. Well, the applicant turns out to be Coral, a mermaid with a little brother of her own.

Both girls, despite their differences, have fun together sharing peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches and painting each other's toenails (or fins.) But Shelly learns that she can be upset with people close to her and still be friends, something that although isn't presented in the text remains a very true and real aspect of life.

This story is perfect for a young girl who found out about a new addition to their family, or even just any girl who loves to dream about new friends.

Mr. Delzer is the author of The Buccaneer of Nemaris The Buccaneer of Nemaris
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Khaanda on February 15, 2010
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An out of the ordinary mermaid book. Again,as I collect mermaids, I thought this appropriate for my personal collection. I decided to buy this book after I read it from our local library.

The story plot is modern and age appropriate.

The illustrations are realistic and NOT too wacky ugly like some other mermaid books in the same genre.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 15, 2008
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Mermaid Sister is a delightful children's picturebook about Shelly, a young girl tired of her little brother, who befriends a little mermaid named Coral. It's great to have a mermaid sister instead of an annoying little brother! But there are down sides to having a sister - Shelly and Coral experience their first fight, and Coral is lonely for the ocean. But when they return to the beach, it's not goodbye forever - just the opposite, as Coral has a little mer-brother of her own to introduce. A cheery story about the joys of friendship and siblinghood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucylc on September 6, 2012
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As ten energetic little girls helped our Granddaughter rip into her gifts, opening this book brought it all to a halt. With several more presents left to be opened they all gathered around to look thru the entire book! No small feat !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cape Cod Dad on February 16, 2012
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I read my 4 year old 3-4 books every night and I get this one at least 2 nights every week. Ignore that 1 star rating from someone who knows nothing about kids and stories, this is a great book! The art is fabulous and I like that there is only a sentence or 2 per page so its not a long book to read at bedtime (good when there are 3 more to read!) Patootie has become a common household word and we love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. kish on October 9, 2009
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I bought this book with some other mermaid books for my 4 1/2 year old daughter who loves mermaids. They were all cute, but this is her favorite. It's about a little girl with a brother who wishes for a sister, and gets a mermaid sister. It's a really cute story with beautiful illustrations. It's especially good for a mermaid loving girl who only has a brother. My daughter asks for this book every night, and then wants to act out parts of it and pretend she has a mermaid sister. We love this book.
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