Nonna’s Corner: Underwater Girl by Maggie St.Thomas

November 1st, 2023 Kimberly Review 3 Comments

1st Nov

Nonna’s Corner is a special feature where I share books I’ve reviewed with my grandchildren, affectionately referred to as the “Royals” here at Caffeinated.

Illustrated by Christie Shinn, Underwater Girl by Maggie St.Thomas introduces us to Natty, a young girl who loves the sea and can hold her breath for long periods of time. Sea creatures, daring rescues and self-discovery await you. Come see why Sophia and I enjoyed this tale.

Nonna’s Corner: Underwater Girl by Maggie St.Thomas
Underwater Girl
by Maggie St.Thomas
Illustrator: Christie Shinn
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 38
Source: Author
Purchase*: Amazon *affiliate
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Experience the enchanting world of 'Underwater Girl,' a captivating children's story masterfully woven by Maggie St. Thomas and brought to life through the enchanting illustrations of Christie Shinn. Within the pages of this magical narrative, readers are invited to dive headfirst into the world of Natty, a young girl whose vibrant spirit and remarkable talents make her journey an unforgettable adventure.

Natty's story is a testament to the boundless wonders of childhood imagination and the power of embracing one's unique abilities. As a free-spirited and fearless young girl, Natty possesses a remarkable gift for holding her breath underwater―a skill that sets her on a remarkable course of courage and self-discovery. Through Natty's eyes, readers of all ages are immersed in a tale of friendship, bravery, and the limitless possibilities that lie within each of us.

In 'Underwater Girl,' Natty forms deep connections with the creatures of the sea, including dolphins, whales, seahorses, and sea turtles. Her island home becomes the backdrop for unexpected challenges and daring rescue missions that test her newfound skills and determination. Natty's journey resonates with readers as they witness her growth, resilience, and unwavering spirit.

The cover and title of Underwater Girl immediately intrigued my oldest granddaughter, who loves to swim. Inside, we meet a young girl named Natty who lives on an island. Natty loves the sea and swimming. She can hold her breath underwater for a remarkably long time. At school, her nickname is Underwater Girl.

We learn about Natty’s dreams of Olympic medals in swimming and awards in film photography. When she and her Dad discover a camera with film in it of their last trip as a family to Italy, they take a moment to remember Natty’s mom. The tale talks of memories, breakfast feasts and Natty’s life and goals.

Sophia’s favorite chapters were those spent in the sea as Natty plunged below the surface and connected with sea life, from turtles to seahorses.

We get some excitement when the island experiences an earthquake while Natty was at school. It surprised Sophia as she was not expecting that! Then a tsunami hits… it came in with little warning and just as quickly retreated. Some people needed saving and Natty does her part to help. Sophia found it all rather scary and exciting.

The story teaches about the importance of family, rituals, goals, love, kindness and believing in yourself. A lot happens in this story and Sophia found both Natty and what was happening engaging.

This is a chapter book with plenty of illustrations for context clues and curiosity. Perfect for young readers or reading to a group.


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