The Mermaid's Purse

The Mermaid's Purse

eBook - 2016
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Based on the life of beloved author-illustrator Patricia Polacco's own amazing grandmother, this wonderful celebration of reading and community is as exhilarating as it is heartwarming. Young Stella loves books so much, her books begin to take over the farmhouse. "Why, Stell, you need your own library to hold those books," her pa tells her, so he and the neighbors build her one! She calls it "the Mermaid's Purse," since the midwife said Stella was born in one. Stella opens the Purse to her neighbors and travels around the countryside, sharing her books door-to-door. Not everyone gives them a chance at first, like grouchy Pig Ears Lonsberry. But farmer Dunkle sure changes his mind when information in a book saves his sick sheep. Eventually, everybody comes to love the Mermaid's Purse—so when a tornado destroys it, scattering Stella's precious books far and wide, the whole community rallies to help
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780698174160
Branch Call Number: NCKIDS eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: NC KIDS Digital Library

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Aug 21, 2018

I think this book would appeal to young fans of Jo March, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Anne Shirley. It's another story of a spunky young girl from days of yore who loves books. It was inspired by the true story of Patricia Polacco's grandmother. The illustrations are colorful and sweet.

FYI, the mermaid's purse of the title is a caul, not a shark egg.

Jul 03, 2018

Passion, love, loss and community.
Patricia Polacco enchants us once more with a story of thinking outside the box, following your passion, going through emotional turmoil of loss through a natural disasters and having the worst critics restore it all. An incredible tale for young and old with a deep appreciation for this author's ability to capture what's real in life.

VaughanPLAlison Apr 07, 2017

A lovely story of how one girl brought a love of books to her farming community in the 19th century. Not only that, but it's a true story! Even better!


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