When Kenzie slips on her mermaid tail, she becomes Mermaid Kenzie, protector of the deeps. One day as Kenzie snorkels around a shipwreck, she discovers more plastic bags than fish. Grabbing her spear and mermaid net, she begins to clean up the water and the shore--inspiring other kids to help.
Beautifully written in African American Vernacular English, this poetic picture book includes back matter with information about how plastic winds up in our oceans and examples of people--some of them kids, like Kenzie--who have worked to protect the sea. Mermaid Kenzie celebrates the ways that all of us, no matter how small, can make a difference.
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Kenzie loves the pelican parade, lantern fish, shark teeth and seashells at the beach. She loves pretending to be a mermaid who swims among deep-sea wildlife. One day, though, she's dismayed to discover more than wildlife on the seafloor. When Mama tells her how more and more garbage is ending up in the water, Kenzie is determined to do something to help her water-dwelling friends. The story, paired with vibrant illustrations, is a gentle way to talk with children about littering and other dangers to the environment. I really appreciate books that embrace diversity without making it central to the plot (because diversity should be normalized). The author's use of African American vernacular English, paired with a fun story and a relatable main character, achieves this goal beautifully. If your child hasn't had much exposure to that way of speaking, this book is a great way to introduce it.