The big sea's littlest mischief-maker, Oona, is back in another delightful tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Raissa Figueroa.
Oona loves to share her inventions with her friends. They're big and bold and LOUD--just like her! But there's one underwater creature who doesn't seem to enjoy Oona's company, or her creations. Stanley the shark! He doesn't care for her squeaky unicorn. And he's far too busy for the Sea Horse Carousel. And oh GOODNESS! Oona's latest hopping, chopping, and popping inventions just make him angry. Oona may not know what Stanley likes, but she does know what he doesn't. And maybe that's a good place to start. Because mermaids never stop trying...not when there's a friend out there to make.
Oona’s missteps and eventual success will inspire children to be more observant and tolerant of personalities that are different from their own. A welcome addition to the vast sea of friendship books for children. (Picture book. 4-8).
In this sequel to Oona, Oona is an enthusiastic mermaid who makes friends easily with other mermaids and sea animals, including otters, pelicans, seahorses, and hermit crabs. She gets along with everyone except introverted Stanley, a large gray hammerhead shark who enjoys playing quietly with his seashell collection and avoids loud, energetic Oona whenever possible. Although the Black, naturally curly-haired mermaid does her best to befriend the large creature, she is continually disappointed that her attempts only push him further away. Disappointed, she swims to the ocean floor, where the silence lets her reflect on the possible reasons for Stanley's unfriendliness. Oona is an inveterate inventor, and she thoughtfully creates a machine that intrigues the standoffish shark until the two of them discover a blossoming friendship, based on calm and quiet companionship. Intriguing illustrations filled with underwater details, colors, and effects such as filtered sunlight reveal the flora and fauna of Oona's ocean. VERDICT In an SEL lesson for all ages, Oona learns that fun can be loud, filled with "hopping and chopping and popping," but it can also be quiet camaraderie with individuals happily sharing time together.—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.