Of course, the world really is their oyster, and the girls are determined to secure their special shell. Their first stop is the wise seacorn Aria, who confirms the shell is real and warns them of the bumpy journey ahead of them. The shell is guarded by a discerning octopus, and the ocean is churning with dangerous traps—including a deadly whirlpool and a sticky seaweed forest. Both Lexa and Livi have their share of trouble along the way, but their camaraderie never wanes, leading to their foreseeable success. Dunsche throws in a twist when it comes time to make their wish, however, giving the story a welcome surprise ending.
De Zoysa’s jewel-toned illustrations splash across the pages and leave ocean-themed surprises for younger readers to point out, each with a touch of magic—like the sisters’ merpup Finn, who accompanies them on their swim, or the shell’s bubbly beauty as it grants the girls’ wish in the end. The journey nets them some new pals and a renewed sense of gratitude as they learn that “having COURAGE, KINDNESS, and GOOD FRIENDS would help them overcome anything!” Dunsche includes a coloring page of the sisters in the backmatter.
Takeaway: Two mermaid sisters discover the magic of working together.
Comparable Titles: Briony May Smith’s The Mermaid Moon, Anuska Allepuz’s That Fruit Is Mine!.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A
I bought this book to read with my three children. It has lovely lessons in it about the importance of the sibling bond, having courage, and thinking about others and not just yourself. The illustrations are very cute too. I’ll be reading this many times with my kids.
My daughter and I enjoyed reading about the mermaid sisters so much that I purchased a book for all my nieces this holiday season! Couldn’t ask for a more magical story about bravery and courage! A must buy if you have a young daughter/niece/granddaughter in your life.
I was looking for a book for our daily bedtime read with our daughter that is not only drawing her in through cute illustrations but also the message it tells. One that we can read over and over again and help spark discussions about her own experiences afterwards. This book does exactly that, talking about friendship, bravery, courage and determination. Can highly recommend it!
Cute story with beautiful illustrations.
My six year old loves this book and requests it often as our bedtime story. As a mother and someone working in early childhood education, I am always on the lookout for books that not only entertain but also foster a love for learning and creativity. Brave Mermaids exceeded my expectations in every way. The author skillfully weaves a whimsical tale that sparks the imagination and encourages young minds to explore the wonders of the world around them. The illustrations are bright and fun, holding the attention of both my six year old and two year old while we read.
I have the book on my classroom shelf as well and it is requested often by students of all genders and ages!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fellow parents, educators, and anyone who believes in the magic of childhood imagination. It's a charming addition to any child or school's bookshelf!
I enjoyed the fun humor in this tale, which lightly carries the reader on a wonderful underwater adventure. Two sisters work together to find the Shell of Magic, and realise that helping others is the most rewarding wish. It's a beautiful, heartfelt and happy adventure. Children will love the bright colors in the cheerful illustrations.
If you have two girls or you know of someone with two girls let them know about this book. It's never too early to create a strong sister bond. I enjoy the pictures and images this book has it's very girly cute!
Brave Mermaids is a delightful children’s story, and it is beautifully illustrated. This book is the first in the Shell of Magic Series by Maria Mandel Dunsche. I enjoyed this tender and heartfelt tale of two mermaid sisters who work to overcome their fears to hunt for the Shell of Magic, a treasure of legend. Together, they plan a journey to accomplish their quest. They start by learning how to ask for help and who to see it from. I found Lexa, the older sister’s guidance, encouragement, and care of her younger sister, Livi, endearing. The mermaid sisters demonstrate what a close sibling relationship can and should be. The sisters learn to value themselves and one another. When my daughter was little, she would have liked this book and the lessons taught in it. Being courageous and young can be tough sometimes, but oh so worth it!
Brave Mermaids: Shell of Magic is a children's picture book written by Maria Mandel Dunsche and illustrated by Wathmi De Zoysa. The book invites young readers to the Magical Kingdom of Atlantica, where two beautiful mermaid sisters named Livi and Lexa reside. The sisters share an unbreakable bond and have a passion for adventure. One day, Lexa learns about the Shell of Magic, a legendary object that can grant wishes. Although Livi is skeptical, the sisters embark on a quest to find the shell. They seek guidance from Aria, a wise sea unicorn, who informs them that the shell is located in the deepest part of the ocean, guarded by a wise octopus. Despite the challenges they may face, Livi and Lexa are determined to find the Shell of Magic and begin their adventure.
Brave Mermaids: Shell of Magic is a lovely story about friendship, courage, and adventure. The author, Maria Mandel Dunsche, uses a cheerful tone to narrate a well-crafted tale that will delight children and introduce them to fun and adventurous characters. The story contains hilarious sea puns and utilizes a conversational tone that makes it engaging. The book inspires children to persevere despite challenges, like Livi and Lexi navigating seaweed forests and whirlpools on their journey to find the shell. The most heartwarming lesson in the book is compassion and care for others. The mermaids could have been selfish and wished for something for themselves, but instead, they decided to help all the other creatures in the ocean. Additionally, the beautiful illustrations complement the story and the stunning visuals will brighten your day. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend adding it to your children's reading collection
I read this book to my five year old son this weekend and he was enchanted by this story! A good adventure, powerful learnings and charming characters and illustrations. I’m looking forward to reading the next book by this author!
Teaching our children to take the road less traveled and follow their hearts putting our fears behind us. Beautiful illustrations and valuable lessons. Teacher Recommended.
Dive into a world of enchantment and adventure as author Maria Mandel Dunsche introduces her exciting new children's book series, Brave Mermaids. The first book in the series, Shell of Magic, launched on Nov. 2, inviting young readers to embark on a journey filled with courage, determination, and the magic of friendship.
Brave Mermaids is a heartwarming collection of stories that revolve around the lives of mermaid sisters and their friends. In each tale, young readers will accompany these brave mermaids on a courageous journey that instills the values of friendship and the importance of never giving up.
Author Maria Mandel Dunsche has a clear goal with Brave Mermaids – to empower children to be brave and kind. Through the adventures of the mermaid sisters, she aims to inspire young minds to embrace their inner courage, stand up for what they believe in, and develop lasting friendships.
"It's my heartfelt desire to empower young girls with stories that embody courage and determination," Maria Mandel Dunsche said.
With vivid storytelling and beautifully illustrated pages, Brave Mermaids: Shell of Magic transports readers to a fascinating underwater world where mermaids, magical creatures, and thrilling challenges await. As the first installment in the series, Shell of Magic promises an unforgettable reading experience that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike.
Join the mermaid sisters on their first brave adventure and discover the magic of friendship. Brave Mermaids: Shell of Magic can be purchased online through Amazon and other select bookstores.