Mermaid Tales Book 18: Fairy Chase -- Multicultural Children's Book Day Review


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Have you been enjoying my reviews for Multicultural Children's Book Day? The big day is next Friday (1/29/21). You can stop by here to see the links of all the amazing books reviewed. I have shared some of the picture books with you--nonfiction and fiction as well as an easy reader. Today I am sharing an easy reader chapter book suggested for ages 6 to 9. The book itself is not all that multicultural but it is the 18th book in a series of 21 and the series itself is multicultural. The series is Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey and illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan. Today's book is Fairy Chase

Now what 6 to 9-year-old girl doesn't love fairies? I know we had a fairy themed birthday party for Hazel's 8th birthday. Plus we spent a lot of time reading fairy books and making fairies, fairy gardens, fairy houses, etc. Then add in that the characters are merfolk, mostly mermaids, and you will have any young girl hooked. In this book a young mermaid, Echo, has her aunt and uncle visiting. Her aunt shares a story about a fairy she captured--Hairy Fairy, who messes up your hair when you sleep. Echo wants to capture a fairy and sets off to find out as much as she can about fairies. She talks her friends into going on a fairy hunt after getting advice from a boy in her class. They think they found a fairy village until Echo realizes it is not real and is the boy moving dolls. This story has so many powerful messages about friendship, memories and loss built in it. The boy apologizes but really just wanted to make Echo happy and also to remember his mother whose dolls they were. 

The book is written in large type with some illustrations throughout it. The words are relatively simple and there is a good amount of white space. Each chapter starts with a shell illustration. It is not overwhelming for developing readers. The story is fun and the names are all ocean related. 

I love that Echo has many of the same feelings as a normal young girl. She is annoyed she has to give up her bed for her aunt and uncle. She gets annoyed her mother doesn't want her to talk about fairies or for her aunt to tell her about them. She gets annoyed with her chores and such. It is about every day life for a girl who just happens to be a mermaid. She dreams of fairies and humans (since she is a mermaid) and seeing them. She is very relatable for a young girl. The book has some humor and is just fun. I know Hazel would have loved this series when she was younger if we knew about it. I hope you will check it out and join us next week for more multicultural book reviews!

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