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Crystal longs to be a mermaid so Mum makes her a flashing, silver tail. But the tail doesn't feel real enough until the night Crystal wears it to bed...
About the Author
Raewyn Caisley was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia for the past twenty years. She currently lives in Fremantle with her husband, Terry, and their son, Jack. Raewyn has written several books about different sports including Karate Star, Tennis Star and Top Marks. Other books for younger readers include Monkey Trix (in the Aussie Bites series), The Queen's Cubby, and two Aussie Nibbles: The Mermaid's Tail and Tai's Penguin, both illustrated by Ann James.
About the illustrator
Ann James was a secondary art teacher before she took up children's book illustration over twenty years ago. She has illustrated more than 50 books since then. Some well-loved favourites include the Penny Pollard series by Robin Klein, The Midnight Gang and The Midnight Feast by Margaret Wild, the Hannah series by Libby Gleeson, The Butterfly by Roger Vaughan Carr and most recently Little Humpty by Margaret Wild and Shutting the Chooks In by Libby Gleeson. Ann has written and illustrated two picture books of her own, One Day and Finding Jack. Most of her illustrations feature her own animals and she delights in being playful and experimental with the materials she chooses to work with. She and her friend Ann Haddon run Books Illustrated, a bookshop and gallery for book illustrations in Albert Park. Ann lives right opposite the dog beach in Melbourne, where she spends time thinking and walking with her dogs, Ollie and Kip.
Crystal had been a fairy once. But that was when she was only three. Now that she was older, she knew what she was going to be. A mermaid!
She did everything she could think of to make it happen. She swung her legs under her chair while she had breakfast. Then she walked with tiny little steps when she got down from the table.
'I'm a mermaid,' she said to Mum and Dad.
'Well, you've got the right hair for it,' said Mum.
Dad had once said her hair reminded him of seaweed. Now she didn't mind that at all!
At the beach she swam with her ankles together. Until her ankle bones got too sore. Then she sat on a rock and combed her hair. She used the comb Mum kept in her swimming bag. It was old and yellow and it looked a bit like fish bones.
Crystal held her breath in the bath to see how long she could stay under.
'Don't do that,' said Dad.
She even tried to fit both legs into one side of her green pyjama pants, and every night, before she went to sleep, she made a very special wish.
'I wish I was a mermaid,' she said with her eyes shut very tight.
But no matter how many things Crystal tried, nothing she did ever seemed to work.
'What do I have to do to be a mermaid, Mum?' she asked one night.
Mum helped her put her pyjamas on the right way. Then gave her a kiss and tucked her in.
'You leave that to me,' said Mum.
ISBN: 9780141306155 ISBN-10: 0141306157 Series: Aussie Nibbles Audience:
For Ages: 6 - 8 years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 80 Published: 7th May 2019 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.08
Edition Number: 1