Is It a Mermaid?

by Candy Gourlay

As Bel and Benji play on a tropical beach, a friendly dugong joins them. The dugong, also known as a "sea cow," insists she is actually a mermaid! She shows off what she claims is her elegant tail, graceful swimming technique, and melodious singing voice.

Bel, who sees beauty in the dugong’s ungainly efforts to sing and dance, embraces her imaginative and joyful fantasy world. Benji, however, is so determined to prove she is a lumbering grey sea cow, that he inadvertently offends their new friend… But luckily, mermaids are very forgiving!