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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Three Little Mermaids - Mara Van Fleet



Released 2011

www.kids.simonandschuster.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Featuring glitter, vibrant color illustrations and an irresistible trio of little mermaids, this participation book invites the reader to push or pull a series of tabs to see a series of sea critters maneuver in their watery home. And while doing so the child will also be practicing counting from one to ten.

Little fingers are encouraged to feel the bumpy skin of seven starfish, pull a tab to discover eight little sea horses hiding in the seaweed and look under  a flap to find a missing snail.  The rhymed text is also fun to read aloud as groups of seals, dapper dolphins, smiling sea turtles and sparkling jellyfish parade across the pages of this sturdy volume.

This clever concept book not only involves basic counting skills but also serves as an introduction to a variety of underwater creatures. And, as an added bonus your child will have fun manipulating the pulls and tabs, thus improving his or her dexterity.  

Considering the entire package, this is one of the most intriguing board books I have come across thus far this year. Although any toddler will enjoy the book, it will probably have a special appeal to little girls who can identify with the three mermaids who are introducing all their friends.

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