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Sueños de Sirena ~ Mermaid Dreams: A little girl’s undersea journey with the Ocean Goddess Yemaya (Bilingual Edition) Paperback – February 27, 2020

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Maya dreams of being a mermaid. She dances to Caribbean music in her favorite skirt her mama made of seven tiers of turquoise net. She dives for shiny coins in the pool at the park and can float on her back forever. But Maya also has nightmares and ocean fears. One night, mama tells her the legend of her namesake, Yemaya, the Goddess of the Ocean. Yemaya comes to Maya in a dream, taking her on an undersea journey. Mermaid Dreams illuminates the universal dreams and fears of children and adults alike, offering new ways to find courage and comfort, inner power and peace. Mermaid Dreams expands the mosaic of mermaid imagery so that more children can recognize themselves in this magical archetype. The luminous illustrations are vibrant and mystical. A Discussion Guide, Activities, and other Sources & Resources are included. A beautiful bedtime book for ages 4 ~ 8 and beyond. 


Mermaid Dreams is dedicated to all the world’s children who dare to dream.”


“A magical story about a young girl finding courage through a beautiful legend of her heritage and family history.  It will inspire young readers to believe in themselves and overcome their fears.” ~ Tanya Hansen, 1st grade teacher


“As a woman of color, a mother of a brown daughter, a children’s librarian, a writer, and a human being in this world, at last a dreamlike tale featuring a black goddess! Janet Lucy beautifully weaves the story of Maya, a real girl with real fears into the tale of the Ocean Goddess, Yemaya, who – as goddesses do – teaches Maya how to be brave and create magic in her world. Magic is what Mermaid Dreams gifts all children – and adults – who open its pages.” ~ Bird Mejia, author of Wild Woman at My Door & on YouTube teaching about magic in her own way


Mermaid Dreams is a beautiful story full of the rich culture of the Yoruba and wisdom of the Orisha Yemaya. Though written for children, adults will enjoy the amazing art and delightful writing.” ~ Ifalade TaShia Asanti-Yemoja Priestess, award-winning journalist & founder, Read Us Book Awards  


“In Mermaid Dreams, Janet Lucy tells the poignant story of Maya, a little girl who is afraid of the ocean, and her namesake Yemaya, the Goddess of the Ocean. But beneath the surface of Maya’s story is a reminder to the soul’s of women everywhere. Janet’s writing and Colleen McCarthy-Evans’ vivid illustrations call us inward to the deep wisdom within; reminding us of the significance of our dreams; of the value of going within; to pay attention to our intuition; to listen our inner voice; and to express ourselves authentically and powerfully.” ~ Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT Jungian psychotherapist & host of the Women In-Depth podcast


“A magical story that gives voice to scary dreams and explores the power to change the ending. The discussion questions and activities at the end of the book create many opportunities to expand conversations about myths, dreams and personal power. Plus, who doesn’t wish to be a mermaid?” ~ Terri Allison, co-author, Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of age 


Mermaid Dreams is a gem!  Beautifully written and illustrated; it’s a story for us all! Janet Lucy’s choice of Yemaya, a mythical goddess/mermaid of color, is refreshingly powerful in challenging the blonde, blue-eyed mermaid stereotype, which invites the sea and all its magic to each of us, no matter the color of one’s skin. Using ancient storytelling, Mermaid Dreams gently guides and encourages us to explore our dream worlds as they may be a vessel in changing one’s own story and life. The Discussion Guide and Activities at the end of the book adds volumes to this insightful, wise, and engaging story. A real treasure for children, families, teachers, and counselors.” ~ Kristy Raihn, MA Clinical Psychology, mother, lover of the sea, community programs creator, Costa Rica


Kid quotes:

“ … It made me feel brave.”  ~ age 7

“ … It made me feel calm and happy.”  ~ age 6

“ … I learned to believe in myself.” ~ age 6

“ … It made me feel happy because she wasn’t scared anymore.”  ~ age 7

“… You can do anything in your dreams.” ~ age 7

“ … I want to go to the beach!” ~ age 6


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Two versions! The Three Sunflowers (English)

The Three Sunflowers / Los Tres Girasoles (Bilingual) 

by Janet Lucy and illustrated by Colleen McCarthy-Evans 

Recipient of two Creative Child Magazine Awards:

2013 Seal of Excellence for an Educational Storybook 
2013 Preferred Choice for a Kids Storybook


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The Three Sunflowers tells of a turbulent day in the garden where a trio of sunflowers–the tall, wise Gloria and young Solita and Sunny–face unexpected and chaotic events they have no power to stop. Through it all, Gloria guides and reassures the youngsters and reminds them of the purpose of a sunflower’s life.  After a dark night of uncertainty the story concludes with a delightful surprise ending. This unique and inspiring book offers empowering messages of hope, courage and peace with new perspectives for living in an unpredictable world.


“A timely tale with an inspiring and hopeful message.” Inga and Jack Canfield, Bestselling Author of The Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

“Learn the lessons of life from a sunflower who possesses all the wisdom of a Zen master. Beautiful watercolor illustrations help receive these teachings. The Three Sunflowers is a brilliant, clear, inspired work, and a treasure for young and old alike.” Paula Matthew, Award Winning Author of The Indigo Wizard: The Awakening Tales (Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient)

“With enchanting artwork and delightful prose, The Three Sunflowers presents an enduring fable about hope and peace, straight out of the garden.” Niki Dewart, co-author of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

“Float into the dreaminess of the illustrations while experiencing an extraordinary day in the life of three courageous sunflowers. Great messages–well done!” Deborah Hutchison, Founder, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me and Author of Put It in Writing!: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends

“Expressing the love and wisdom of elders as teachers of peace, The Three Sunflowers has a depth beyond its outward sweetness. Grounded in the reassurance of the cycles of life and with a reminder to savor the present moment, this is a book to cherish and re-read, a meditation to share and generate peacefulness.” Nancy Black, syndicated columnist, Chicago Tribune

“As a teacher of children for more than 30 years, I have found The Three Sunflowers to be a refreshing and inspiring book introducing young readers to the life cycle of a sunflower. Descriptive language tells the tale of interrelationships within nature and ourselves. The sunflowers and other garden creatures embody universal emotions with reference to faith and a larger perspective on life. Detailed and precise watercolor paintings go well with the text. Great resource for parents and teachers!”  Wendy Kanter, Teacher & Co-Founder/Santa Barbara Charter School



Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age by Janet Lucy and Terri Allison (Fair Winds Press, First Edition, 2002; Publishing by the Seas, Second Edition, 2011)

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How would it be different if mothers looked forward to their daughters’ first steps into womanhood with the same anticipation and excitement as they had for her very first steps toward walking? What if there was a whole community of women waiting to receive her into womanhood? What if there was a way for mothers and daughters to walk together?

With the moon as a guide and a symbol, Moon Mother, Moon Daughter introduces a whole new approach to the coming of age years, a time to strengthen the mother-daughter connection with the support of community, and celebrate female gifts and wisdom. Moon Mother, Moon Daughter is a practical and concrete guide rooted in ancient traditions and timeless wisdom.


“Mothers and daughters everywhere will find inspiration and joy in the pages of this wonderful book.” ~ Christiane Northrup, MD, bestselling author of the Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Janet and Terri created a menu of meaning and delight. They pass on this comforting idea: Even through adolescence, you can stay close to your daughter. Hallelujah!” ~ Jennifer Louden, bestselling author of The Women’s Comfort Book

“Moon Mother, Moon Daughter inspired, educated, called us forward and deepened our journey together. I heartily recommend this book to women of all ages, and especially for girls who are transitioning into womanhood.” Janice Cook Knight, author of the Follow Your Heart Cookbooks

“Filled with timeless wisdom and inspiring new perspectives, this is an essential book for all women.” Patricia Selbert, author of The House of Six Doors






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