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When young Pearl, a mermaid, becomes caretaker of a single grain of sand, she discovers that performing even the smallest task well can transform the world.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316465670
Branch Call Number: E Idl
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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forbesrachel Jan 24, 2019

Everyday, the young Pearl sees the other mermaids hard at work caring for the coral and creatures, and desires to be of help. When she approaches her mother about this, she leads her daughter up to the surface and grants her a single grain of sand, telling her to care for it without explaining why. At first, Pearl is upset by this, sinking down, after raising up, then something wondrous begins to happen. That bit of sand begins to glow and grow the more she nurtures it, until it becomes something essential to sea life. Like Pearl, most children will likely be confused by the task to care for a seemingly insignificant grain of sand. While the answer takes a bit of a fantastic turn, the truth of the matter still makes for a great lesson about the value of things, and responsibility; for the fact is that at the core of a pearl lays a bit of sand, and with polish it becomes something beautiful. Idle's pastel colours and gently curving mermaid designs add that lovely bit of elegance to this sweet story. Each type of mermaid looks similar to the thing it looks after, almost as if it is a symbiotic element; they help the thing they look after, while it gives them purpose and is part of the ocean biome which is their home. Idle also uses space and background hues really well to convey the underlying emotions and themes. Pearl is just all around beautiful.

VaughanPLDianeB Dec 05, 2018

A sweet and lovely tale about a young mermaid who wishes for more responsibility, but learns that even small acts of purpose can turn into something very great. A great read aloud with nicely illustrated pictures and text that isn't too long.


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