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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mermaid Queen

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I love to read. 

I read all kinds of books. 

I have to say, though, I'm most drawn to fiction. 

That being said, I have set a goal to read more non-fiction!  I'm excited to broaden my literary tastes.  And I'm encouraging you to do the same!  If you only read fantasy, pick up a historical novel this week...your world grows larger with each book you read!
Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey (the story of Annette Kellerman and bathing suit history) #kidlit #picturebook
The first non-fiction book I picked up was Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. 

This is a vivid biography of Annette Kellerman, an Australian gal who made swimming (and bathing suit) history.  The illustrations are bright and exciting, and the story isn't the dull language of non-fiction books from my youth!

This books draws you in from the first sentence:

"Annette Kellerman loved to make waves."

Again, I have not been a lover of non-fiction, but I LOVED this book! 

I'm looking forward to reading another of Corey's books, You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer

And just for fun, check out this history of bathing suits!