Emerald and the Ocean Parade

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Emerald is a mermaid princess! But she doesn’t feel like a princess. She and her mum have only just moved in with King Auster and his daughter Delphine, and Emerald feels a little uncomfortable. It’s the Ocean Parade coming up, which is usually so much fun, but this year she’s expected to stay in the royal carriage and wave, instead of hanging out with her friends. Can Emerald find a way to be a mermaid princess, but on her own terms?

With themes of being true to yourself, and being a good friend, this gentle chapter book will delight all young mermaid and under-the-sea fans. The gorgeous illustrations are in green and black, and full of charming details such as octopus-shaped chandeliers and manta rays that they glide on. This is part of the Isadora Moon universe, and those fans will also enjoy the sparkles on this cover and the similarly family-based story. At the back of the book there are recipes, a quiz, instructions for a party game and suggestions on how to design your very own mermaid princess headdress. All this ensures young readers will happily engage with this world for a long time.

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