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All of King Neptune's 50 daughters have a special skill: there is Clio with her gardening, Thetis and her fish training, Calypso and her singing... but what of the King's youngest daughter, Minnow?
The only thing Minnow does is ask questions and more questions. And when one day she comes upon a mysterious object she goes exploring to find answers to her questions.
This was such a delightful story!
First of all, there is Minnow - and has there ever been a more delightfully named character? - she is inquisitive and does not give up when things aren't easy, or when she is teased. She keeps searching and asking, until she finds what she wants and - more importantly - finds what she is meant to be.
But sweet as this story is, what really makes it shine are its illustrations. I simply LOVE the artwork! The style is amazing and the colour choices are brilliant. I will definitely be keeping my eye on this author's works from now on! Just look at this:
I really, really loved this book!
Also worth mentioning, how nice it is to see mermaids looking suitably horrified by feet, instead of longing to change who they are and have feet of their own...
Highly recommend this - kids are sure to love it, as are any grown-ups who chance to read it!
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