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Monday, February 12, 2007

The Mermaid's Bracelet


The Mermaid’s Bracelet
Author: Beth Harwood
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN-10: 0439850940
ISBN-13: 978-0439850940

Book Description from the publisher:
Hannah loves her vacation by the seashore, but she wishes she had somebody to play with. When she finds a message in a bottle from a mermaid, Hannah writes back--and soon she and Shelly become friends. Shelly has lost a favorite bracelet, but soon discovers a map that leads Hannah to a special treasure box--and another new friend! This charming book with a padded glittery cover includes 7 envelopes and 8 notes, a map, and a 3-D treasure box, plus a sea star charm bracelet!

The Mermaid’s Bracelet is an adorable little book. It’s very pink, very girly and very fun. I loved it because the little notes back and forth that were included in envelopes stuck to the pages really encourage interaction and a healthy sense of fun.

Writing letters is becoming a lost art in this age of emails, instant messaging and texting on cell phones. I loved that this book shows little girls just how much fun letter writing can be, how sending and receiving notes from a friend is a lovely thing.

The story itself is a fun and warm little treasure hunt. The illustrations are pastel and flowery, just what little girls love. The charm bracelet at the end of the story gives them a real treasure after the hunt and a sense of magic.

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