The Mermaid by Jan Brett

The Mermaid byJan Brett will enchant all who read it with its delightful under-the-sea retelling of a classic story! This is one picture book you won't want to miss!

The Mermaid by Jan Brett is an enchanting read with beautiful illustrations!

Well, mermaids certainly seem to be 'in' this year! Along with unicorns, fairies and rainbows, mermaids tend to pop up every few years in everything from crafts and costumes to jewelry and books!

The Mermaid is the perfect book for mermaid lovers! While this book is right on time trend-wise, its classic story and beautiful illustrations will also make it a timeless addition to your bookshelf!

When a young mermaid named Kiniro happens upon a pretty house in the ocean with nobody at home, nothing can prevent her from taking a closer look. Once inside, she finds a delicious breakfast waiting, along with comfy beds and other lovely furnishings.

We had the pleasure of meeting Jan Brett and getting our books signed a few years ago. Great memory!

The home does have residents, though, who have been out for a swim. They also happen to be an octopus family! What ensues next is both sweet and funny- a magical version of a favorite fairy tale!

Yes, I went through the mermaid phase too! Halloween costume paired with fake fur boots and a flower from my dance recital!

Fun Extras for The Mermaid !

1. Try this Mermaid Craft!

This is a craft we did that is inspired and adapted from one of the Usborne Activities books, How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids by Fiona Watt, Jan McCafferty & Howard Allman. It's a great book; we've had it forever. This craft is very simple and fun!

1. Cut out a piece of foil in the shape of a mermaid tail. 2. Rub the foil length-wise with fingertip to make pattern.

3. Trim foil at the top of the tail to ressemble a bodice.

4. Glue tail onto the paper. 5. Draw your mermaid! Use a thin marker or pen for her face, hair and arms, then fill in with watercolors or brush-tipped markers. Display your mermaid!

Here are our mermaids! We found this pretty scrapbook paper at Joann's and made it their under-the-sea background!

2. Have a Beach Day!

Pack a picnic, bring a beach ball, and head to a lake or beach near you! Don't live near water or it's a bit too cold? Well, another option is to...

3. Visit an Aquarium!

It's a super fun (and educational!) way to spend the day! You can even do a virtual tour as well!

Here's a great online visit with a giant octopus:

Here are other live web cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

4. Play 'Sharks and Islands'!

This quick and fun game is a great icebreaker too!

Number of Players: 2 or more + 1 'Captain'

How To Play:

*Put sheets of paper out on the floor -these are the 'islands.'

*If you have only 2 players, put out about 6 papers; if you have a lot of players, put out the same number of papers as you have players.

*The Captain runs the game and tells everyone to "Swim! Swim!"

*Players pretend to swim until the Captain says, "Shark!!" --then everybody finds an 'island' (paper) to stand on!

*Then, take one paper away.

*Repeat "Swim!" - "Shark!" from above, taking away an island each time.

*Eventually, there won't be enough islands for everyone and they'll have to cram onto one island! *Whomever falls off is out and the game just keeps going until it makes sense to stop!

5. Enjoy some Ocean-Inspired Treats!

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and cut out some stars. Or, round cookies can be sand dollars-just add some slivered almonds and a dusting of sanding sugar!

Both options are great for satisfying your sweet tooth, or if you're feeling adventurous, try some Roasted Seaweed Snacks! We picked these up from Trader Joe's, but they're in other grocery stores as well (usually in the international aisle!).

For a snack that is Mermaid-approved, try some roasted seaweed!

6. Watch The Little Mermaid !

While many have probably already watched the iconic Disney film, if you haven't seen it yet, you definitely should! Grab some popcorn, or make some of the sand dollar sugar cookies from above, and enjoy!

Have Fun!

The perfect 'tail' for mermaid fans!

- Love, Cenzia

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