The first book of a new series, this humorous, whimsical collection of poems and songs reveals how baby mermaids are made, what mermaid families are like, and how mermaids study magic at School of the Fish to become Sea Witches (not Sand Witches)…

Julia Hengst

Author: Julia Hengst
Publisher: Mind Trip Productions
Pages: 36
Genre: Children

The first book of a new series, this humorous, whimsical collection of poems and songs reveals how baby mermaids are made, what mermaid families are like, and how mermaids study magic at School of the Fish to become Sea Witches (not Sand Witches).


An inspiring read in so many ways – each of the works has a special feeling. It made me smile, laugh and relate to different personalities in the book. Itʻs definitely a unique and heart-warming way to express our feelings, actions and personalities. This is a kids book that I think many adults need to read. Iʻm looking forward to reading the entires series. I loved the different terms and their connections: Emoceans, Sane Lane, Unihorn, m.maximus and m.magnificus and their sets of eight. So clever! Absolutely loved it!! – Andrea Moller, world record holding big wave surfer, mom, EMT

What an awesome opportunity for young folkx to be able to connect to the world in a more positive and affirming way. These books are going to touch many young hearts and promote self love for many. Not only is the language inclusive, but welcoming to all communities. Looking forward to reading more! – America Islas, LMFT, Mom

This book is simply enchanting. The illustrations are delightful and appropriate for young children. Unlike the typically sexualized depictions of mermaids, these sea creatures are diverse and celebrate all kinds of shapes and colors. The language is playful, and the story is sweet, silly, and embraces positive values without moralizing. I recommend this book for boys and girls, and anyone who enjoys fantasy. – Kate Gillooly, Mother of twin boys, Marriage & Family Therapist

Venus Underwater: Songs from Mermaidia is a guide through the answers we’ve all desperately sought since childhood: Where do mermaids come from? Why can’t we ever see them? Do they sing and dance? How do they stay underwater?

Sooo much more….

This clever and delightful book will enchant young and old. It takes the reader and listener “152 unfathomables deep in the sea” where imagination and creativity and freedom rule. I’m a 77 year old grandmother of four. I’ve read and reread this adventure through the “deep see” and each time found hidden treasures. I can’t wait to gather my grandchildren and share the giggles and insights that flow so gently from the pages. – Julia Bromley, Grandmother

Giant Squids are gentle souls who use third eye vision to see all threats and emit Unconditional Love Rays through their tentacles.

Giant squids from the deep sea
Have Third Eye technology.
It enables them to see
Deep into your mystery.

That third eye looks in to find
All the answers to the mind.
Ask a squid to let you know
If your aura's high or low.

Psychic squid squads know your fate
If you'll find love on what date.
They see three times with three eyes,
They're past-present-future spies.

Their third eye is free to roam
All throughout that big squid's dome.
Gentle giants of the seas,
They put mermaid fears at ease.

Normally I do not begin a review recommending readers to check out a website but this book is exceptional in so many ways. The artwork is fantastic and the illustrator deserves attention and recognition. Learn more about Esther Samuels-Davis @DirtyLikeTheWeeds and (Note the proper spellings)

The author, Julia Hengst, is a self proclaimed "Word Nerd" and it shows.

Parents, teachers, Aunts and Uncles, will enjoy discovering all the connections and word play in this book.

On the surface, the book has a delightful rhythm and if there were not already plans to set the poetic prose to music, I foresee fans submitting their own colorful tunes to the creative team.

I would love this as a book and CD combination. All ages, preschool to nursing care facilities, will then be able to enjoy this book and the ones to follow.

One of my favorite creatures in the book are the Purrmaids, but there are so many fanciful and  imaginative species and creations you may have a new favorite each time you read this enlightening tale.

I was gifted a copy of this book to review. I hope I have the opportunity to do the same for future volumes. (Shameless self plug and plea.)

This is a book I predict you will enjoy over and over again.

Julia Hengst is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an avid surfer, traveler and word nerd who resides in Maui. Passionate about psychology, spirituality and media literacy, she holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from UC Berkeley, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and an imaginary degree from the University of Puns.



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