It's hard to decide which is more beautiful: the story or the illustrations. Every page is a work of art as we watch Pearl tend for her grain of sand, transforming something small into something powerful. With the magic of a fairy tale, this book is filled with wonder and delight that you'll want to immerse yourself in again and again. — From Sarah's picks (page 1)
Caldecott Honor author-illustrator Molly Idle dazzles with an original mermaid tale about how small, persistent actions can achieve great things.
Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.
Caldecott Honor-winning author and artist Molly Idle has masterfully crafted a modern classic in this mesmerizing tale about the immense power of small actions.
About the Author
Molly Idle's work as an author-illustrator includes the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and the Chicks, Flora and the Ostrich, and Tea Rex, Camp Rex, Sea Rex, and Santa Rex, among other books. She lives with her family in Arizona, and invites you to visit her at idleillustration.com.
[*] "For her fable about patience and perseverance, Idle has created stunning watery spreads, full of curves reflecting the gently scalloped edges of the giant clam that is Pearl's home. ...Careful word choice and thoughtful phrasing make this a pleasure to read aloud. A gentle, glowing lesson that even the smallest efforts can lead to large, even environmental results."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
[*] "This contemporary fable is sure to captivate."—School Library Connection, starred review
"Glorious."—School Library Journal
"The story soars toward a light-filled, celestial conclusion."—Publishers Weekly