…A Little Girl Loved Mermaids.
Mermaids Fast Asleep began in 1968, when a little girl who loved mermaids wrote a poem about them.
It went like this:
Do you suppose, way down deep
There are mermaids fast asleep?
Silver mermaids with golden hair
Way down deep, down deep down there?
Years went by and the little girl grew up and became a songwriter and singer in a band, and she had a child of her own. She loved children even more than she loved mermaids, and wanted to write a song that the kids she loved would enjoy. She wrote a lullaby based on the poem she had written long ago, and called it Mermaids Fast Asleep.
The song had a special kind of magic to it, because it captured the love of a little girl for mermaids. Now she sang the song to the children she loved.
More years went by and the grown little girl’s children grew up, too, but they always remembered the magical Mermaid lullaby. Then one day somebody said, “Why not make this lullaby into a picture book, so more children can enjoy it?”
The editors at the publisher Macmillan decided to publish this book, but first they had to find the most wonderful, perfect illustrator, to bring Mermaids Fast Asleep to life. And at last they found Zoe Persico, and she created beautiful artwork for the book.
And so Mermaids Fast Asleep was born, and now that one time little girl, that long ago song-writer and Mom, is the author of a picture book. Her name is Robin Riding, and the picture book is due to arrive in bookstores on April 9, 2019.
Robin Riding is available for bookstore events, school visits and appearances. For bookings, send a message to the author.
Check out Zoe Persico’s work here: http://www.zoepersico.com/