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Kids Can Press Spring 2014

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    9781771381819 Electronic book text, Kindle, $9.99 CAD 9781771381796 Electronic book text, $9.99 CAD 9781771381802 Electronic book text, EPUB, $9.99 CAD 9781771382069 Electronic book text, PDF, $19.99 CAD
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: N Lexile measure: AD540L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group Availability: In stock On Sale Date:Apr 01, 2014 Carton Quantity:40 $18.95 CAD
    $16.95 USD
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Mermaid and the Shoe, The
By (author): Keith Campbell Illustrated by: Keith Campbell
9781554537716 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman Apr 01, 2014
$18.95 CAD
Active 9 x 11 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb 32 pages Kids Can Press
 
Best Children's Books of 2014, Kirkus Reviews 2014, Winner The Globe 100: The Best Books of 2014, The Globe and Mail 2014, Winner 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, New York Public Library 2014, Winner Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl 2014, Winner
Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.   

Keith Gordon Campbell was educated in an old, turreted school with ghosts and secret passages and stuff. There he learned to love all things ghoulish, ghastly and rather gothic. He wasn’t one for chasing after balls or playing leapfrog; he preferred, even then, to find quiet corners where he could write peculiar stories and illustrate them with funny characters. Keith is now a full-time author/illustrator and lives in California.

... the artwork is also full of subtle humor---Campbell definitively answers the question of what a shrugging octopus looks like---and the story solidly delivers its message about the value of inquisitiveness, adventurousness, and storytelling.
Publishers Weekly

Although this luminous tale of self-discovery has echoes of ?The Little Mermaid,? like Minnow, it sings its own strong song.
Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

Campbell's illustrations, of shadowy blue undersea scenes lightened by pale drifting hair and waving strands of kelp, have an attractive, old-fashioned style that harks back to classic picture books of the early 20th century ... Campbell's sense of visual humor and Minnow's prince-free happy ending suit 2014 beautifully.
The New York Times

Delicately illustrated by the author in watercolours and pencil crayon.
The Montreal Gazette

The watercolor and pencil-crayon illustrations ... have a similar sense of motion and playfulness. And the visual differences between the flow-y haired, teeny-weeny-seashell-bikini-clad mermaids and the Raggedy Ann-esque landmaid point to the subjectivity of storytelling (and also of beauty).
The Horn Book Magazine

The writing and illustrations somehow manage to convey both an old-fashioned fairy-tale quality and a contemporary edge. Our favorite book of the year (and maybe for years to come).
The Globe and Mail

This book is suitable for independent reading as well as a read-aloud. Minnow's tale will remind readers that it is okay to ask questions and seek answers, to stand out and be unique.
School Library Journal

This fairy tale-like story is delightfully told with gentle humour, featuring an unlikely heroine, whose journey to discover a special role in her life will make a great read-aloud ... I could see The Mermaid and the Shoe being successfully used as a vehicle in the classroom or home setting to reaffirm the power of perseverance, the importance of inquisitiveness and to remind children that there is value is believing in yourself.
CM Magazine

With a clever storyline and enchanting pictures, this is an elegant choice for 4- to 9-year-olds who want a break from dinosaurs.
The Wall Street Journal

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