Sukey and the Mermaid

with audio recording

Sukey and the Mermaid

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
For Ages: 5 - 8
  • 8
Storyteller say,
This happened oncet upon a time,
on a little island off the coast
of South Carolina.
A girl named Sukey lived with her ma and new step-pa. Sukey called her step-pa "Mister Hard-Times." Every day, while he watched, she hoed the weeds in the garden and every day, she sang:
Mister Hard-Times,
Since you come
My ma don't like me,
My work never done.
But one morning, when her step-pa wasn't looking, Sukey ran away to her secret hiding place by the sea and unwittingly called up Mama Jo, a beautiful black mermaid. The adventures that followed changed her life forever.
In this dream-woven story, artfully retold by Robert D. San Souci from an American folktale, a poor girl finds her wishes answered not by treasure, or the sea's magic, but by goodness and love.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481409902 | 
  • October 2013 | 
  • Grades K - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® 820L
List Price £4.99 (price may vary by retailer)

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About the Author

Robert D. San Souci

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

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