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“A wonderful summer book that raises cultural awareness while celebrating simple joys of a day at the pool.”
School Library Journal

A Mermaid Girl

Written by Sana Rafi
Illustrated by Olivia Aserr
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

Summer is here and Heba is so excited to wear her new, yellow burkini to the community pool for the first time! She can’t wait to look like the other mermaid girls in her family and sparkle like the sun.

But when Heba arrives at the pool and her friends start asking her questions about her new special swimsuit, she feels like she’s standing out too much. Suddenly her burkini seems like a bad idea.

Luckily Mama helps Heba to find strength in the mermaid girls who came before her. Feeling more connected to the women of her family, Heba is ready to show her friends that she can do all the same things that they can do—handstands, summersaults, and dives off the diving board—even while wearing her yellow burkini.

Primary ISBN: 9780593327609
Publication Date: June 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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