The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story
The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story
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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

Written by Tina Cho & illustrated by Jess X. Snow
Published by Kokila
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A breathtaking picture book featuring a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world. Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma’s abalone porridge. She practices holding her breath while they do the dishes. And when Grandma suits up for her next dive, Dayeon grabs her suit, flippers, and goggles. A scary memory of the sea keeps Dayeon clinging to the shore, but with Grandma’s guidance, Dayeon comes to appreciate the ocean’s many gifts. Tina Cho’s The Ocean Calls, with luminous illustrations by muralist Jess X. Snow, is a classic in the making.

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Book Details

ISBN
9781984814869
Publication Date
August 4, 2020
Text Details
Text set in Plantin MT Infant
Illustration Details
The art for this book was created digitally with hand-painted textures and line work.
Page Count
48
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
5 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2019949927
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
1153052133
ASIN/ISBN 10
1984814869

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