Author/Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about a small little girl that goes to the beach. At first she is afraid of the water, but then she plays in it, but then a big wave comes and she sticks her tongue out and the wave crashes on her and she tumbles and gets soaked but she was okay and liked playing with the seashells. The seagulls stay near the little girl all day. Then she waves bye to the wave and she leaves and so do the seagulls.
The books take place on a summer day at the beach.
The young girl with short hair is wearing a dress. She is playful and looks happy for most of the story.
The illustrations told me the story.
I would recommend the book because I like the beach and the waves.
Title: The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Author: Liz Kessler
Reviewed by: Sheridan K., Grade IV
Rating: *** 1/2
Emily lives on a houseboat with her mother. When she goes swimming for the first time in seventh grade, she finds out she's half mermaid.
She sneaks out one night into the ocean and meets another mermaid named Shona who becomes her friend. They go on an adventure to find Emily's father who was imprisoned by King Neptune because he married a human. Emily has a couple of enemies who make it hard for her to find her father.
The message of the book is that nothing is stronger than love and you should never give up.
This book is mostly set in the ocean. Of course, that's important because of the magical sea characters.
The time seems like now.
Emily has brown hair that she is growing out. When she is on land she has legs and when she is in the water she has a tail. She learns to keep on trying even if things seem difficult.
There are small black and white illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. They go nicely with the book because they are sea themed. They gave me an idea of what things looked like. For example, one picture was of the dock where Emily's houseboat was.
I really liked this book. I think other girls my age would enjoy reading it because the two main characters are girl mermaids. But boys might like it too, especially because it has King Neptune in it and it's an adventure story.
This is the first book in a series and I've already started reading another one of the books.
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