by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Tallulah doesn't look like the other young mermaids living in the ocean. Her tail is a dull gray. And when all the other mermaids go on a quest to find the special gemstones that make their tails sparkle with color, Tallulah doesn't find her gemstone at all. When Turtle suggests that Tallulah searches the Great Lakes she is eager to give it a try, even though the other sea creatures believe mermaids don't belong in lakes. Tallulah explores the Great Lakes from north to south and east to west, until she finds a beautiful Petoskey stone and she realizes that she is finally exactly where she belongs.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585369096): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2015, 04/01/2015
- PDF (9781633621329): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2015, 04/01/2015
- Hosted ebook (9781633621558): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2015, 04/01/2015
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
- Lexile® Measure: 810
- Guided Reading Level: L
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.4
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 182383
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Other (JUV022040)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic (JUV037000)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance (JUV039140)
School Library Journal - Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes
Reviewed on 1 July 2015
A group of young mermaids is given instruction on searching for a personal gemstone to enhance their tail colors and deign magical powers that allow them to assist mariners and create “enchanting melodies.” Platinum haired Tallulah (her name is Native American for “leaping water”) lacks success until her companion Sea Turtle convinces her to move her quest from ocean to the Great Lakes. After exploring the many pleasures of these waters, they finally locate a Petoskey stone that transforms her tail and inspires her song as the Great Lakes Mermaid. Hartung’s cartoon watercolors of young mermaids and undersea flora and fauna will enchant preschoolers. The expected array of blues and greens brighten with the inclusion of corals in orange, pink, and purple. VERDICT Ideal for fans of the Great Lakes region, the basic story could be appealing to a wider audience.
Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson
Denise Brennan-Nelson is a multi-award winning children’s book author and motivational speaker. She wrote her first children’s book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Other titles include Someday is Not a Day of the Week, a touching story about making time for what is really important in life; and Willow, chosen the Most Outstanding Children’s Book for 2009 by the Executive Committee of the Mom’s Choice Awards. Willow is the story of a little girl who colors outside the lines, thinks outside the box, and ends up awakening the creativity of her by-the-book art teacher. Denise also wrote J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet.
Illustrator: Susan Kathleen Hartung
Illustrator Susan Kathleen Hartung is the illustrator of many critically acclaimed and award-winning children’s books. She lives with her husband in a 150-year-old farmhouse in Brooklyn, Michigan. Susan shares her home with two dogs, three cats, a small herd of chickens, and a pair of goats.
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