Tony Seymour's delightful "The Mermaid in the Gherkin Jar" is a story for children with cerebral palsy and their parents. But wait -- any child who has been bullied -- any child who realizes his image in the mirror is not just like that of the boy in a department store advertisement will love this story. Any boy or girl will find a place in this new children's story.
Christopher has mild cerebral palsy and discovers a mermaid in a highly unusual place -- a gherkin jar! His Grandma told him about the possibility of such a thing -- and now it is real. Meanwhile the first day of school approaches for this eight-year-old and his twin brother, Oliver. Christopher is an outgoing child who strikes up conversations with other children, and is startled when someone calls him a cripple because he cannot use his legs very well -- Azalea the mermaid is not your ordinary mermaid and has some interesting suggestions for Christopher to try in response to the unkindness he meets.
Tony Seymour has mild cerebral palsy -- I do too. What a wonderful gift this book is -- I highly recommend it.