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Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Zari

Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Zari

by Lois Petren /

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In this delightful mermaid book meet Zari, an African American mermaid and one of the Five Enchanted Mermaids! Her best friend is an oyster named Pearl and her favorite color is purple. 

She lives with her mermaid sisters in an undersea kingdom called Atargatis where they have lots of sea creature friends. Each of the five mermaids has a special skill that they use to help their friends. Zari is the most independent and self-reliant of the mermaids.

In this children’s mermaid book, Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I’m Zari, Zari, helps kids learn new skills and gain independence. She encourages young children to learn about all the fun things they can do, if they’re willing to try. In this book, Zari speaks directly to your child, helps calm their fears and breaks it all down by showing them other kids, just like them, who are trying the age-appropriate things we want them to learn.

This mermaid picture book shows a diverse group of children together with Zari, a black mermaid, each one trying out a new skill that your child may be interested in. Your child can see themselves in the pictures and also get ideas for new things they’d like to try.

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Lois Petren

Lois Petren, author of the Lulu and Lainey and Five Enchanted Mermaids series of children's picture books, became an author by chance when, after returning from a family vacation in Paris, she discovered she had left behind a ball of yarn she needed to complete a knitting project. This became the inspiration for her first book, "Lulu and Lainey ... a French Yarn." Five additional books followed.

The Lulu and Lainey series follows the exploits of a little French girl, named Lulu, who loves to knit with her grand-mére. She even has a favorite ball of squishy green yarn, which she calls “Lainey”.

Since 2018, in collaboration with LifeMadeSimple, LLC, Lois has authored a series of books about the Five Enchanted Mermaids, a diverse multicultural group of mermaids who help children to develop a growth mindset and learn developmental skills. Each mermaid has a superpower, which can help young children in their early development.

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