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Children's Fiction Mermaids

I Am a Meadow Mermaid

by (author) Kallie George

illustrated by Elly MacKay

Initial publish date
Jun 2023
Mermaids, Friendship, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
    List Price

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A farm girl with a big imagination turns her landlocked home into an ocean playground in this dreamy picture book for little mermaids everywhere.

A little girl dreams of adventures in the water and feels the spirit of the ocean all around her . . . even though she lives on the prairie, with flat land as far as the eye can see. But she won't let a little detail like that stand in the way of being a meadow mermaid! Frolicking in the "waves" of wheat and "oceans" of grass, spying sea horses and . . . a shipwrecked sailor? Even if that shipwreck is actually an overturned bike and the sailor a new kid from a neighboring field, it's still a chance to make a new friend, one with an imagination as expansive and a love of the ocean as deep as the little girl's own.

This fanciful, whimsical picture book will charm young mermaids and little pirates everywhere, and inspire them to embrace the spirit of the ocean in the things around them, no matter where they live!

About the authors

KALLIE GEORGE works as an author and editor in Vancouver, and she holds a master's in children's literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing and editing, Kallie is a speaker and leads workshops for aspiring writers. She finds all eggs enchanting, even ordinary ones.


ALEXANDRA BOIGER grew up in Munich, Germany, where she studied graphic design, and then began a career in feature animation, allowing her to work for Warner Bros. UK and DreamWorks. Since transitioning to children's book illustration, she has worked on numerous popular titles, including the Tallulah series. She lives with her husband and daughter in northern California.


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Elly MacKay creates tiny worlds from cut paper, ink and light, which she then photographs. Her work explores themes of nature, childhood and the imaginary. Elly’s work has been featured in international publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Chatelaine and Cosmopolitan. She grew up in a converted church in the countryside by Georgian Bay, Ontario. She now explores the same rivers, forests and beaches with her husband, Simon, and their two kids, Lily and Koen. For more information, visit

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Editorial Reviews

"A whimsical homage to imaginary play and friendship. . . . Joyful and memorable." —Kirkus Reviews

"Poetic in an unpretentious way, George’s graceful text uses apt imagery and reads aloud beautifully. MacKay’s artwork, created by photographing paper dioramas, helps viewers imagine the meadow mermaid’s moments of drama as well as her magical surroundings. . . . This enjoyable picture book celebrates the power of a child’s imagination." —Booklist

"This wonderful picture book will have you longing for the adventure and imagination of childhood. Children and parents will be swept away." —Story Monsters Ink
“[A] beautiful celebration of waving wheat fields and starlit nights, and also a tribute to the friendship between two children.” —Winnipeg Free Press
"With a beautiful and poetic narrative arc told by a meadow mermaid, this awe-inspiring tale sends a message to young readers that anything is possible so long as you believe." —Young Adulting
"The spare but poetic text is accompanied by pictures long on atmosphere but short on fine detail. Together, they move the reader past the here-and-now fields of grass to conjure a sense of waves tossing on the sea." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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