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Caldecott Honor author-illustrator Molly Idle dazzles with an original mermaid tale about how small, persistent actions can achieve great things.<br> <br> Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest ! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.<br> <br> Caldecott Honor-winning author and artist Molly Idle has masterfully crafted a modern classic in this mesmerizing tale about the immense power of small actions.<br>
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PreS-Gr 1-There are many aspects of an ocean a mermaid might be assigned to watch over: coral reefs, sand beaches, or the living creatures beneath the surface. So young mermaid Pearl is disappointed and saddened to learn that she is to "look after" a single grain of sand. Though reluctant to accept such an insignificant charge, she complies when her mother tells her "The smallest of things can make a great difference." The child takes her responsibility seriously and as she watches, her grain of sand grows bigger and brighter. Beautiful Prismacolor pencil drawings in the blues, greens, and teals of the sea are soft and soothing; additional touches of white and brilliant pink fairly leap off the pages. The white text is placed in a variety of locations throughout the story but, unfortunately, fades and becomes difficult to read on several pages where positioned over a pale portion of the illustration. VERDICT Idle's appealing story is a quiet, charming pourquoi tale that will delight young readers and listeners. Perfect for bedtime or anytime sharing.-Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Magical curving mermaids floating in a vast sea of blue have various jobs that little Pearl envies. They watch over the breaking waves on the beaches, tend the great coral reefs and kelp forests, and guard the mighty octopus and other giants of the deep. Mother says Pearl's job is to care for a tiny grain of sand, because The smallest of things can make a great difference. Although dismayed, every day she polishes it, keeping it close until it begins to grow, glowing with a lustrous light. Eventually it rises as a giant ball and settles in the vast sea of stars. Lit by the moon's glowing light, a beaming Pearl swims to rest on a pink seashell in her watery home. Illustrations in Prismacolor pencils contrast the azure, cerulean, and indigo of the sea with the soft white lights of the moon and surf. Pearl pops in pink, surrounded by glorious marine flora and fauna. Every picture is full bleed in double spreads, immersing readers in the glorious ocean environment.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2010 Booklist
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