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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

Author: Tina Cho
Illustrator: Jess X. Snow
Narrator: Jeena Yi


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.

Product Details

  • ISBN 9798885190664
  • Publisher Penguin Random House
  • Imprint Kokila
  • Publication Date 2020-08-04
  • Language English Language
  • Genre Fiction
  • Age Range 5-8
  • Grade Level K-3
  • Awards Award-winner, Starred Review
  • Recording Length 00:17:48
  • Audio Book Publisher Listening Library

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