REVIEW: Cadence and Kittenfish: A Mermaid Tale by Judith L. Roth, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett
If a kitten hates the water … can it come to love a mermaid? Find out in this story about setting goals, problem-solving, and (eventually) making friends.
Cadence is a very busy little mermaid—dancing with dolphins in the morning and practicing Tai Chi at the lighthouse in the afternoon—but something is missing. She really wants a kitten!
When she discovers a family of felines onshore, Cadence can’t believe her luck. But, as the mermaid tries to play with one of the kittens, she soon discovers that cats do not like water and are very pointy in all the wrong places. Ouch!
With her kitten dreams dashed, Cadence couldn’t be sadder. Is there a pet out there that can love her and the sea? Maybe there’s one right under her fin!
Cadence is a younger sister who’s tired of being left behind. She’s also bored with the other interests she has. What to do? A kitten! They’re like a hurricane and a hug all in one. When her father suggests a catfish, Cadence isn’t interested even if it’s name is “Fluffy.” Can she overcome the obstacles to a mermaid+kitten4ever? The plot is imaginative, Cadence is inventive, the illustrations are adorable, the kitten is (initially) willing, but Cadence has to look beyond what she has her sights on and allow that not all dreams and wishes can – or should – come true. B-