Lexile AD540 Pages 32 Ages 3 - 7
AR Quiz No. 166541 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 3.5 - AR Pts: 0.5AR Quiz Types: RP
King Neptune has fifty daughters and each one has a special talent - gardening, fish training, singing, and more. Minnow, the king's youngest daughter, couldn't grow anything, fish wouldn't listen to her, and when she sang the ocean was empty for miles!
But Minnow is an expert at asking questions. She wants to know why crabs don't have fins, where bubbles go, and what lay beyond the kingdom. Her sister, Calypso, has a lovely singing voice, but she is not a very nice mermaid. She always tells Minnow that her questions are useless and that she has no purpose. Feeling hurt and sad, Minnow floats off to be alone.
One day while Minnow is in her alone place, a shoe drifts by. Minnow grabs it but cannot for the life of her figure out what it is (because what mermaid needs a shoe?) But it is SO pretty! She decides she simply MUST know what this thing is!
She asks her sisters, who try to give her an answer, but can't. All except for Calypso, that is, who as always, is mean and nasty and offers nothing constructive. So Minnow sets off to discover what the thing is and what its purpose is. She succeeds and in the process she finds the answers to many of her other questions.
When Minnow returns and tells the others what she has discovered, Calypso tries putting her down yet again, but King Neptune is just as proud as he can be of his youngest daughter. He declares in front of the whole kingdom that his Minnow is a "most daring explorer!" Calypso is put in her place, and Minnow finally knows what her purpose is.
I love this book; it has so many lessons! Lesson one: there's always going to be a bully around, trying to rain on your parade. Lesson two: everyone is good at something. Lesson three: your purpose may not always be apparent at first, but when the time is right, you will discover what it is. Lesson four: be curious.
You really can't go wrong adding K.G. Campbell's The Mermaid and the Shoe to your collection.
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