The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson

The Singing Mermaid

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Lydia Monks

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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Best-selling author Julia Donaldson captures the magic of the mermaid’s song in this dramatic story of how a mermaid is lured from her beautiful home by the sea to the circus to sing for the crowds. How she escapes with the help of her old friends from the sea and her new friends from the circus is witty told in the Children’s Laureate’s trademark rhyming couplets. Lydia Monk’s glittery illustrations on every page add dazzle! ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson

Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer's day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay.

The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home at Silversands to join the circus. The audiences love her but the poor mermaid, kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, soon longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape? This is a beautiful, lyrical new picture book from the creators of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard. It's an utterly enchanting tale that will captivate their legions of fans.


'[A] tip-top adventurous ballad which will hold its readers captive.' Guardian

'[...] a delightful rhyming adventure.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages.

Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

Author photo © Alex Rumford

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Book Info


Board book
30 pages


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st May 2015




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