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The Mermaid's Purse

Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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“Stella loves books so much, she starts her own library—but then a storm threatens to destroy everything”—

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Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.5 / 7.0

Another beautiful story by Patricia Polacco, and illustrated in her signature style. One little girl’s love of reading allows her to help her entire community with their everyday struggles as well as inspiring them to love books as much as she does. The sense of community when Stella loses her precious library to a twister is touching and seems to bring the message of caring full circle.

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Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, and Sticks and Stones. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at and follow her on Facebook.

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January 1, 2016
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