Illustrated by :Olivia Aserr
Imprint:Viking Books for Young Readers
Audience:Children: Age (years) 5 - 7, Grade (US) K - 2
Dimensions:11.31in x 9.44 x 0.33 in | 0.96 lb
Page Count:40 pages
MERMAIDS ARE PERENNIALLY POPULAR: From the classic, Hans Christian Andersen tale, to more contemporary hits, like Pearl and Coral by Molly Idle and Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, mermaids are timeless and perennially popular. Combined with a delightful story about the first warm day of the summer, this picture book has the potentail to backlist for years to come.
POSITIVE REPRESENTATION: Conservative political parties in countries, like France, are working hard to prohibit Muslim women from wearing hijabs, burkinis, and burqas in public. This story works to address the Islamaphobia and racism that the Muslim community faces by providing a much-needed mirror for young girls who want to participate in this religious and cultural tradition.
BURKINIS ARE MAINSTREAM: In 2019, Somali American model Halima Aden became the first woman to appear in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue wearing a hijab and burkini and she returned for 2020’s swimsuit issue. Brands like Nike also now sell burkinis on their website and there are many up-and-coming swimwear companies that are creating inclusive and fashionable swimsuits for the Muslim community.