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The Little Mermaid

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  12,673 ratings  ·  424 reviews
For Sulamith Wülfing, the world of fairy tales was always an inspiration for her beautiful paintings. Above all, she loved Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, with its poetic language and its poignant understanding of the transforming power of love. For children and adults alike.
The exquisite paintings by Sulamith Wülfing perfectly evoke the magical world of the
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1997 by Bluestar Communications (first published 1836)
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Inés Izal
Disney nos tiene engañados completamente.
Kathryn
Mar 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chandra and Abigail!!!
A hauntingly beautiful story paired with achingly gorgeous illustrations! I'm sorry to say that this is the first time I've read the "actual" story of the Little Mermaid, previously acquainted only with very general retellings and the Disney movie version (which is delightful in its way). This version purports to be closest to Andersen's original as it makes only slight adaptations from the mid-19th century translation by Mary Howitt, a correspondent and friend of Andersen who introduced his wor ...more
Nalia
“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”

I actually re-read this, i've read this once i was a kid. Basically, i grew up with Hans Christian Andersen's book and The Little Mermaid is always be my favorite. If you know the little mermaid from Disney then think the ending was happy ending and they live happily ever after, you can't found it here. The little mermaid that i know was sad story. This is about the sacrifice that Little Mermaid made for her love. She left her
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Amanda
This is the first time I've read this original story (of possibly my favorite Disney movie). And obviously, it's a completely different experience, and the story is one that's been told in many forms throughout the last century at least. I did feel that it was closer to the Disney version than say, Snow White/Briar Rose. While I still don't like the less-than-happy ending, I enjoyed the story, imagery, etc enough to give it 4 stars. Probably my favorite of HCA's tales that I've read so far.
Claaudia


Este es el final tragico, no la de "Finales Felices", no se casan

Para empezar, cuando era pequeña estaba fascinada con la version de Disney, pero hace tiempo la vi de nuevo, despues de muchos años sin verla, y me doy cuenta que la historia se hacen en 3 dias, y de verdad no hay ningun sentido de amor entre Erick y Ariel


Erick con solo escuchar a Ariel, ya esta enamorado de Ariel
Ariel esta encaprichada que sea una sirena y el es un humano

No le encuentro ningun sentido su enamoramiento, es tan ra
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Luxia
Nov 02, 2013 Luxia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All those who have only seen the Disney version
*This review is for The Little Mermaid, Charles Santore's edition.*

But the story itself is the most haunting fairy tale ever written. And a lot of people sadly don't know the real story. We shall journey under the sea and into the deep abyss, but there are no singing sidekick Crabs and fishie friends to accompany or help rescue this Little mermaid.

The story will play out slightly more darker in Hans Christian Andersen's tale...of unrequited love, hope and selflessness. A pretty lovesick Mermai
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Natsu
This is a re-read. My parents bought me a book of fairy tales when I was a kid. Even then I found it waaaaaaay better than the deluded "happily-ever-after" thing which Disney presented (I've read the Disney book, but I never watched the animated movie). Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against Disney, I love "Frozen" and Belle's (actually The Beast's) Library.

It shows that life isn't all peachy. There's pain, sacrifice, and defeat in between and sometimes... there is no happy ending unless you l
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Majo
Perault, a diferencia de los hermanos Grimm, se molesta en describir el entorno... y lo hace de una manera bellisíma.

Adoro este cuento, me encanta la protagonista y su forma soñadora de ser, y que sea capaz de dar todo por amor. El castigo que la Hechicera del Abismo le impone a la Sirenita me parece un poco excesivo:
"...Deberás sufrir atrozmente y, cada vez que pongas los pies en el suelo sentirás un terrible dolor."
Sé que estos relatos son más oscuros y pretendian darle lecciones a los niños,
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Eman
Disney's The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite animated movies. The book is even better.

I personally assume that when Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid, he didn't intend it for little children even though the theme is kinda childish. It's more suitable for teens, or can fit in the YA genre more than Children's Literature. The book is so beautifully written with a creative touch on the mer-people and a deep take on self-sacrifice. It doesn't have your typical happy ending we're
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Kim
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Cristiann
I've always loved mermaids. When I was little, I dreamed about being one! lol. I've always found them to be such beautiful & interesting mythical creatures. So of course, you would think that I love Han's Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, right? WRONG. And it's not just because of the Disney version. In fact, I always had some issues with Disney's version of the fairytale even before I read the original story.

I never understood how the mermaid could give up her family & life unde
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Sandy
After loving the Disney movie version for so long I finally read the original story. Not this edition in particular with illustrations but I couldn't find the one I read. Many who have read the original story that both stories are very different and they are. I loved the author's descriptions of the mermaid kingdom it was so much more beautiful than what was shown in the animated movie and the little mermaids sacrifice was much greater though she took no less time to think about the horrible con ...more
Kristina Lenarczyk
The Disney movie is one of my favourites, but this was so different it almost shouldn't be considered the same story. I still loved it and it makes me want to watch the movie again!
Huda AbuKhoti
What a melancholic story... It is my first time reading the original story. I never thought it was this splendid! I guess the little mermaid was in fact closest to human beings in her desire than all her sisters were for she was so passionate and greedy when it came to something she wanted so bad even when she knew that it was a reckless decision that would possibly hurt her and those who really love her.

Was she content after being a daughter of the air in the end? I do not know if I would have
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Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
Linda historia de amor sin el típico final de "vivieron felices por siempre", pero destacando el gran corazón y lo bondadosa que es la Sirenita.
Alberto
I think I went to a funeral with sea foam in a jar once, but I didn't know it was for a mermaid at the time. Now it all makes sense.
Lauren Richards
The Little Mermaid is about a girl that becomes of age to go to the surface and watch the human world. She falls in love with a prince from a distance, and his ship was wrecked and is saved by the mermaid. She visits the sea witch to become human, but with out a voice. To break the spell the witch puts on her, she must get a kiss and to get married. The price was forced to married a kingdom girl and the mermaid has a broken heart. After a few missteps the mermaid throws herself in the sea and di ...more
كوثر الشريفي
I can't believe that all this time, I didn't know the actual story of "the little mermaid"! The original one written by Hans Anderson is so touching..I understand that Disney always has happy endings because of their audience. However, I find the original story much more effective and realistic.. Children shouldn't be taught always that life has happy endings, because life is not a fairtytale. Children should be exposed to some of these "unhappy" endings probably because they need to understand ...more
John Yelverton
After having seen the movie, I thought I was going to die after I read the actual book.
Andreia Rosa
A minha infância foi arruinada... Vou ver o filme para me confortar...
★Yosbe★
Que triste historia...prefiero a Disney hehe
Lynley
Hans, Hans, Hans, you sick fuck.

I haven't read the Disney version but I bet it ain't nothing like this.

The original (translated) version includes:

The cutting out of a tongue
Threats of murder
Black milk coming out of a witches breast
Hierarchy of sisterly beauty
Marital possessiveness

And perhaps most disturbingly of all, the overall message as explained in the final paragraph:

"Unseen, we glide into human homes where there are children, and whenever we find a good child, one who makes its parents hap
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dara
Dec 08, 2008 dara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: small children who should realize at an early age that not even fairy tales are all happy endings
The Little Mermaid is a short, rather sad story of sacrificing for love. After saving a prince from drowning, the little mermaid falls in love so deeply that she wishes to become human desperately enough to make a deal with the sea witch. She is told that if she fails to capture the prince's heart, then on the morning after he is married to another, she will turn into sea foam. Not only does she lose her voice to the sea witch in exchange for legs, but every step she makes is excruciatingly pain ...more
Lola
Like all little girls, I was once in love with the Little Mermaid. My mom will tell you that I would have to watch the Little Mermaid at least three times a day, or I wasn't a happy camper. As a teenager, I have the Little Mermaid on DVD (the special edition), but I spend more time watching all the special features than the movie. I practically have them memorized by now, but I still watch them anyway. One of the special features on the DVD is a little background on Hans Christian Anderson and ...more
Mandy Sickle
The little mermaid tells the story of the youngest daughter of the sea king. When her sisters turn sixteen they have their first view of the world above the sea. As her sisters each turn sixteen and return with stories the littlest mermaid can’t wait to explore the above world. On her first visit she comes across the handsome prince who she watches aboard his ship. When the ship is destroyed in the storm the little mermaid helps him to land. After returning to her home in the sea she can’t stop ...more
Somerandom
I was actually introduced to this tale by Disney.
Now, as a little 7 year old girl who adored Disney Movies, you'd think I would be in love with Disney's The Little Mermaid. Especially considering that despite my utter tom boyishness, I am still in love with Beauty and the Beast.
But it seems I am one of the few who doesn't like the Disney retelling of The Little Mermaid.
I am indeed grateful for it for kicking off the Disney Renaissance which I grew up with. I can't fault the animation, the songs
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Chelsy Nicole
I saw a post on Tumblr about the real story of The Little Mermaid which is very different from the story I grew up with. Disney definitely changed a huge part of the story, though I can't say I didn't like this classic. It's been a long time since I've been wanting to read this because of the different turn of story but I have to say that I really expected more from it. I still liked it, though. It's just a bit too short and I really thought it would break my heart a lot, but it didn't. Not as m ...more
Yasaman A
به این ترتیب تمام تصورات و خرسندی های بچگی ما دود شد رفت هوا!
هیچوقت این داستانو نخونده بودم و تصوراتم از پری دریایی، همون انیمیشن بی نظیر دیزنی بود. وقتی دختر کوچیک دوستم کتابو داد دستم تا براش بخونم، خوشحال شدم اما کاش یه بازی کامپیوتری براش آماده می کردم و اینطوری حال خودم و خودش و نمی گرفتم.
نکنید این کارا رو با آدم
Yue Zhou
This is one of my favorite books when I was a little child. It really breaks my heart when finally I know she became bubbles. One of the most important reasons is it edifies people a significant moral value which is about love and sacrifice. To pursue the true love and eternal soul of human, she gives up the fabulous life and the 300-year lifespan. The little mermaid would drink the poison and suffer the pain in order to see the prince. Moreover, at the dawn of the prince’s wedding day, the lit ...more
The Treeman
Better than I actually anticipated. Andersen shows that his stories are meant for serious thought and not just for ordinary feel-good reading. I can only laugh at the silly high rating Disney's version has gotten in comparison with the original story.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express theme ...more
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