Published: Putnam Juvenile 2008
The reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:
Simply – I love both mermaids and Coney Island and figured I would love a book about the two.
The Mermaid Parade is an event that (I feel) everyone should experience at least once. This book gives readers who cannot visit Coney Island a chance to experience the parade and the traditions.
It gives a great description of what the mermaid parade is and why it takes place every year. I like this aspect of the book because it feels like a story that is passed down from generation to generation.
The pages are crowded with illustrations and bright colors – just as one would expect Coney Island and its Mermaid Parade to be depicted. I also think the crowdedness of the illustrations is a good example of what the streets of Surf and Stillwell are really like.
It gives a detailed map of Coney Island highlighting all the best attractions: the Wonder Wheel, the Cyclone, the Sideshow, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, etc..
Discusses traditions not known to frequenters of the Mermaid Parade – like tossing fruit into the ocean, and the reasons behind those traditions.