The Singing Mermaid

Julia Donaldson

Lydia Monks
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Macmillan Children's Books


Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.

The Singing Mermaid is a delightful tale from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is loved by children and parents alike.

This paperback and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by Lauren Laverne.

Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

In the media
[A] tip-top adventurous ballad which will hold its readers captive.


[...] a delightful rhyming adventure.

Daily Mail

A delightful tale . . . each glittery, tactile page is beautifully illustrated and gently teaches youngsters the value of friendship, courage and trust.

ASDA Magazine

The clever rhyming lines that Julia Donaldson is so famous for give a lovely lift to the tale, and Lydia’s playful illustrations are great for spotting little creatures and pointing things out for your child. With the glitter and pretty mermaid, it’s a book that will appeal to little girls. Perfect entertainment for cold, wet days.