In this dreamy under-the-sea tale, shy little Maya drifts off to sleep on the beach. She finds herself riding on the back of a turtle, way down to the bottom of the ocean. In the reefs she discovers that she can swim like the other creatures. She is a mermaid! But something even better is waiting for her among the fish and coral -- a new friend.
~ Eight Cousins— From Summer Picks 2019
Mermaids come in all shapes and sizes! In this sweet picture book, a shy little girl goes on a magical underwater adventure filled with adorable mermaids, silly sea creatures, games with new friends and wonderful surprises!
One sunny Saturday, Maya and her parents visit the beach. Maya loves the beach: the warm sand feels wonderful between her toes. But it would be more fun if she had a friend. Too shy to say hello, Maya watches the kids play nearby, and slowly her eyes droop closed . . .
When Maya awakens she has been transported to a magical underwater world. Maya admires the sea creatures flitting around her, and she discovers that she too has a beautiful tail. Maya is a mermaid! But who is calling out a greeting from behind that coral? Whose bright eyes are peering at her from the sea grass? Whose laughter does she hear? Could it be a new friend? Or just another sea creature?
This adorable picture book will delight the youngest daydreamers and shows us that making new friends may not be as hard as you think -- if you have a good imagination!
About the Author
KATE PUGSLEY is an illustrator, painter and surface designer. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a BFA in Illustration. Kate designs lifestyle products under her own brand, and she works with clients like The New York Times, Red Cap Cards, Everlane and Lazzari. Mermaid Dreams is her debut picture book.
PRAISE FOR Mermaid Dreams:
“A cute and simple story about making friends.” --Kirkus Reviews
"Pugsley’s use of watercolour for the illustrations is a beautiful addition to Maya’s dream-like fantasy world [and she] also cleverly uses varying depths of field to illustrate Maya’s feelings of loneliness and isolation in the beginning of the story compared to the end." --CM Magazine
“Mermaid Dreams invites children to test the waters of independence from parents, and reassures them that they are not alone in this quest. Using the language of a child’s dream world and the shapes and colors of their own crayon box perspective, Kate Pugsley adds a new vibrancy to the enduring mermaid myth.” --Imaginary Elevators
“A dreamy beach day outing.” --Publishers Weekly