Saturday, October 24, 2009
Readathon: Hour 12: Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey
Onwards and upwards to book number sixteen of the Readathon!
Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey
Loved this author and this illustrator's work together on a previous book about Alice Roosevelt. This one was even better. The wonderful text, printed in big and small fonts, with curls and swirls, combined with the fun illustrations makes for a great book.
I'm happy to learn about the life of Annette Kellerman, who began to swim to strengthen her legs weakened by debilitating disease. She loved dancing and was the first to create what came to be known as water ballet. She later revolutionized bathing apparel.
Here's a sample:
"When they arrived in London, they went to Soho and the Strand, Picadilly and the Palace, hoping to put on a show. But everywhere they went, people just scoffed.
A girl swimmer?
Too plain. Too plump. Too weird.
Too wet. Too bad!"
Comments from children:
The four kindergarten boys liked the splashing water, but they were not interested in the swimming.