The Mermaid’s Purse

Written and Illustrated by Patricia Polacco


This is a fascinating story that the children were surprised was based on a true event. A young farm girl loves books but they take over the family’s farmhouse, so her father and neighbors build a library for her. She calls it The Mermaid’s Purse and shares her books with the community. We learned what a mermaid’s purse was. I loved how the story showed people being kind, thoughtful, and helping each other.

Review by Barbara Lowe, Teacher, Mill Creek Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

The Mermaid’s Purse
By Patricia Polacco
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
32 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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