Review | The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Thanks so much to Tanglewood Press (here in my home state of Indiana) for the opportunity to review this book.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids by Ammi-Joan Paquette is a how-to guide for children determined to see a mermaid for themselves. This book combines drawings and photography to give readers a step-by-step guide to mermaid tracking. Along the way,The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids it teaches about the beach, the ocean, and the treasures within.

I read this book with my three-year-old son, and while he enjoyed it, there were certain parts that interested him more than others. He really liked learning about things found in the ocean, like the sand dollar. However, he wasn’t too interested in the mermaids. He much preferred the gorgeous photos of the beach and ocean found in the book. He liked seeing the ocean waves, the abalone shells, and the crabs. That’s the nice thing about this book, though; it mixes education with fantasy, and has something for both boys and girls to enjoy.

I know that my students would love this book, particularly the little girls. They love mermaids, and they love playing pretend. I think if I read this in class, there would be several mermaid hunts going on during free play time that afternoon! The writing style piques a child’s curiosity and draws them in to the adventure of finding a mermaid. Along the way, they learn about the beach and the ocean, and the beautiful treasures within.

If you have a little girl who loves mermaids, or your child wants to learn more about the ocean, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids is a must. The combination of fantasy and fact teaches children about nature while encouraging them to use their imaginations and flex their creative muscles. I recommend reading this book and then going on a tiptoe adventure of your own, to see what you can find!

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids is 32 pages long and is published by Tanglewood Press.


Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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