The Mermaid and the Shoe written and illustrated by K. G. Campbell is a delightful new fairy tale about a little mermaid that finds a shoe. Minnow seems to not have the talents and gifts her sisters have, but her perseverance helps her find her way. Minnow becomes a great explorer because she doesn't give up trying to find out what the pretty red thing is. And besides an explorer, I think Minnow becomes a great storyteller too!
The artwork in this book was rendered in watercolor and pencil crayon. There is a limited muted palate of color that makes the red shoe stand out. I like the framework of seaweed, fronds, and other plant material that appears in many pictures.
This title might be a bit too long for preschool Storytime, but it would work well with 5 year-olds and older. How fun would it be to imagine what other items Minnow finds and goes exploring to find answers. I see lots more stories ahead for Minnow. And I think a teacher or parent could have fun with making a scavenger hunt, have their children try to find the clues or riddles and then tell a story about it. Hmmmm, maybe this would be a great after school program.