On the beach a little girl finds shoes belonging to a mermaid and they fit like wax. At home she doesn’t put them off, even when she goes to bed and in her dream she meets the most wondrous acquatic creatures. She proudly wears her new shoes at the playground, too. When a boy doesn’t believe that she is a true mermaid because of the missing fin, she constructs a mermaid fin out of one of her mother’s old skirts at home.
But as a mermaid she is missing something really important – the sea! But neither at the zoo, nor at the river or in a museum can she find the sea. However, on the market square the little girl discovers the fitting home for a mermaid in town – a wonderful fountain. And soon afterwards there is more than one little mermaid in her fountain!
This book is suitable for children between 4 and 8 years of age.
Sanne te Loo was born in Waddinxveen in the Netherlands in 1972. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Breda and specialized in fashion illustration. After graduating in 1995, she has worked for a number of magazines and has illustrated many books. Her first picture book was published in 1999, “The shepherdess and the sweep” of Hans Christian Andersen. Since, she has illustrated and written a long list of titles. Some of her books were also translated in English, like Ping-Li’s Kite and Little Fish. Sanne lives and works in Utrecht, at the heart of the Netherlands.