Book Review: The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Marie LeTourneau

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids is a picturebook written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Marie LeTourneau. This delightful book combines real photographs of a trip to the beach with paper cut outs of mermaids and a story of children having an adventure on the beach looking for the elusive beings. Nature facts about the beach and what can be seen there, a seek and find feel, and the fantastical search for mermaids come together in a lovely book.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids is the newest addition to the Tiptoe Guide series that explores nature and the joy of fantasy in childhood (and beyond). On a quiet beach day children hunt for signs of mermaids, and have great fun doing it. I think that the combination of beach and ocean facts with the sheer fun of seeking mermaids will delight many readers both young and old. Some pages have the drawn mermaids taking center stage, and on other pages there is a seek and find feel as eyes search for hidden figures. A sweet, light hearted read regardless of the weather.

As I sit still in the midst of a very cold winter, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids warmed me up a little. This would be the perfect read to get ready for a trip to the beach, for mermaid fans, and for nature lovers. I could spark some great discussions or outdoor activities.


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