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The Mermaids of Jamaica

Illustrated by Herikita
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

A two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner for synchronized swimming inspires Jamaican girls to dedicate themselves to swimming and invest in their futures in this heartening nonfiction picture book.

In the small coastal town of Port Antonio, Jamaica, something unusual is taking place. Many people in Jamaica cannot swim and are afraid of the sea but the arrival of Olga—a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner for synchronized swimming—is changing the hearts and minds of young female swimmers who might have otherwise become mothers too soon, before having the chance to explore their ambitions.

The stories told in the Against All Odds picture book series are true stories of brave boys and girls from different parts of the world, who, with their small everyday actions, beat the odds and achieve something great. The series is intended to promote diversity and acceptance by exposing children to kids' stories from faraway places facing unique situations or overcoming prejudice.

About The Author

Claudia Bellante is a freelance photo and print journalist based in Milan. Her work focuses on the exploration of social changes that begin from the stories of ordinary people. Her work has been featured in publications across the world.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (April 4, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623717926
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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“[A] fascinating read for children ages first grade to as old as fourth grade. Colorful illustrations and engaging facts are woven throughout the story. Each young girl's determination and hard work encourage young readers to dream big even when feeling small. Teachers and parents can use this story for a compelling nonfiction study. The story also connects American readers to the experiences of girls in another culture, helping readers to see others as all part of one world.”

– — Children’s Literature

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