Have you ever heard of the word serendipity? It means good fortune or luck--a word associated with wonderful discoveries made by accident. It was first coined over 200 years ago by English author Horace Walpole, who says he derived the word from The Three Princes of Serendip, a "silly fairy tale" he'd read. In her book Serendipity
Says to Know Me Is to Love Me, Marcia Trimble introduces modern children to the charming concept of serendipity.
Melinda Martha is on vacation when she reads a book entitled The
Tale of Serendipity, in which a sea serpent is under a spell . . . and the spell can only be broken by a child who loves and understands him. Melinda Martha spends her time at the beach pretending she is the child who can set him free. She soon realizes that she can't look for Serendipity, and that is exactly what she needed to learn in order to break the spell.
Serendipity Says to Know Me Is to Love Me is a nice, hardback book with a retail price of $15.95. For extra fun, you and your child can visit the website for a list of activities that complement the book. You can even view sample pages from the book before purchasing.
I think this book is best suited for children between the ages of 4 and 8, especially girls. At least my boys, ages 8 and 10, weren't interested in reading it. It wasn't my favorite children's book, but it was still a good story. I read it to my four-year-old daughter, and she enjoyed it. I am not sure she understood the concept of serendipity, but she liked looking the pictures and listening to me read.