To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Like most children's books it leaves a lot out of the story but this one is especially poor in that area. It jumps from one incident to another leaving you wonder how it got there. Kids can get lost in detail but this book didn't have even the barest transitions. And, it isn't even cute - there is no cleaver pics or gimmicks for the child to get lost in (so they forget the poor writing). I would choose something else.
Overall, my daughter likes the book. The art is vibrant and engaging for her. But in the end, she wanted more. Specifically she's said "We don't get to see her face" repeatedly referring to the fact that we never see the mermaid's face in the book. Also, my daughter asked me "what's her name?" The book does not reveal the mermaid's name. The mermaid character is smart and crafty, but my daughter didn't get enough of the mermaid and in the end was disappointed.
I wish I read this book before purchasing it as I went ahead with buying it due to the great reviews. My kids were not really impressed with it. Personally, I do not like it. It has no real message other than a negative one that stealing foreign things like mermaids is ok....sound familiar? It starts with a little girl who wants to steal a mermaid...really? She tries to scheme and trick the mermaid so she can capture her. Then the little girl is later rescued by the mermaid who she tried to trick and steal. Not a positive message for little kids.
I bought it due to its high rating but was perplexed when I received it. Not much of a content and even though my daughter is really into mermaids (toddler), she didn’t seem to enjoy this book much either.
I purchased this for our ggbaby who adores mermaids. But we were very disappointed to see that the book didn't have a face on her. Who does that ? No face on the main character in a book Will probably return it.