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Robin Riding

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)
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Meet Robin Riding, author of Mermaids Fast Asleep on Wednesday, July 31st at 7:00pm!


Mermaids Fast Asleep

A stunning and lyrical bedtime picture book that looks at how mermaids sleep in the sea.

Do you suppose, way down deep,
there are mermaids fast asleep?


Written in a gentle, lyrical style that mirrors a lullaby, Mermaids Fast Asleep asks the question that young children have maybe asked before bedtime: Are there mermaids asleep in the sea?

As our young human gazes into the water, her imagination wanders as she pictures the life that young mermaids live in the sea. Do they count fish instead of sheep? Do they breathe water like air?

The book begins just at dusk as the sky is still Starbust oranges and pinks. And as the book moves on, the colors deepen to blues, greens, and purples until the sky is inky as night and a silvery moon magically glows.

Paired with stunning art from Zoe Persico, Mermaids Fast Asleep is a must-have bedtime book for young mermaid fans.


About Robin
From Robin’s website

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?”

Earlier Event: July 29
Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Later Event: August 2
Dennis McKay