Sukey and the Mermaid

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Aladdin, May 1, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Sukey's new step-pa is a mean, bossy man. Every day Sukey wakes at dawn to work in the garden. All her step-pa ever does is watch her and yell if she so much as stops to fan herself. Sukey's ma calls him Mister Jones. Sukey prefers the name "Mister Hard-Times."

Son one day, Sukey runs away to her secret place by the ocean. There, she calls up Mama Jo, a beautiful black mermaid. Mama Jo's got a surprise for Sukey; a magical kingdom beneath the sea without time or pain. But it's also without people. Is it really better than the world above?

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The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. - LibraryThing
Beautiful language and pictures. - Goodreads
The illustrations are beautiful and so is the story! - Goodreads
The words didn't always match the pictures. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Briana Nelson - Goodreads

Sukey, a young girl living in South Carolina, worked for her mother and stepfather. While her stepfather treated her poorly, she decided to run away. She finds a mermaid who soon becomes her friend ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marissa Garcia - Goodreads

I love this rare African-American mermaid tale ardently. Alive with old magic and rich illustration, this story has completely enchanted the kids I've read it to. Good to see source notes in a picture book folk/fairy tale. Read full review


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ROBERT D. SAN SOUCI is the critically acclaimed author of many popular books for young people. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.