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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by [Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow]

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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Tina Cho teaches at an international school and writes for the children's and educational markets. Though she grew up in Iowa, she now lives in South Korea. In her free time, she enjoys playing her electronic piano, careful not to bother her many neighbors in the high-rise apartment building she lives in with her family.

Jess X. Snow is a queer migrant Asian Canadian artist, filmmaker, and Pushcart-nominated poet based in Brooklyn. They are working to build a future where migrants and people of color see themselves as heroes on the big screen, city walls, and pages of children's books and feel empowered to create their own art. By merging community arts activism, healing practices, and film in their stories, Jess hopes to encourage others to discover sanctuaries inside themselves.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List 
Kirkus Best Children's Books 2020
Junior Library Guild selection

“Use this sweet story about family tradition, trust, and confidence to support STEM units on weather and tides, sea life, and ecology.” —
Booklist, starred review  

“In Cho and Snow’s celebration of this fascinating tradition, the risks and rewards are given only to the worthy—which takes practice, courage, and a grandmother’s love.” —
Kirkusstarred review    

“Sturdy prose by Cho (Rice from Heaven) highlights a segment of Korean society whose women preserve a vibrant tradition of enterprise, stamina, and cooperation, and Grandma shines as a kind of generous real-life superhero.” —
Publishers Weeklystarred review  

”[A] must-have for any collection.” —
School Library Journalstarred review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0818NCKBQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kokila (Aug. 4 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 20874 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 23 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 70 ratings

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Tina Cho is the author of Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans (Little Bee Books 2018), Korean Celebrations (Tuttle Publishing 2019), My Breakfast with Jesus (Harvest House June 2020), and The Ocean Calls: A Mermaid Haenyeo Story (Kokila August 2020), and The Girl’s Guide to Manners published by Rose Kidz. Tina writes for the educational and children’s markets. She lives in South Korea with her husband and two children while teaching at an international school.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Llego rapido. Es para un regalo. Por lo que no puedo opinar sobre el contenido
Reviewed in Spain on January 8, 2022
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J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched story with compelling illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
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J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched story with compelling illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
This is a captivating book. It tells the story of a young girl beginning to learn free diving in the ocean with her grandmother. Through beautiful illustrations in a palette of purple, blue, and orange, the story unfolds against the backdrop of the traditional matriarchal diving culture of Jeju Island in Korea. It faithfully captures small details such as the grandmother’s tewak, a hand tool for scraping shells such as abalone off a rock. It also depicts the traditional seafront circular stone shelter (bulteok) where the diving women (haenyeo) have their campfire for warmth while sorting the day’s harvest. The story tenderly conveys the girl’s fears and her grandmother’s kind reassurances as she moves past her fears to explore the ocean. The illustrations of marine life and the fishing gear for traditional free diving fishing will also capture children’s interest. It’s a beautiful book and quickly became a favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, learning to swim underwater, South Korean "mermaids"
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique look at an aspect of Korean culture
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
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Sam L
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
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