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The Merman

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  7 reviews
While on vacation in Scotland on her tenth birthday, Zeta meets a wise, kindly old merman who teaches her not only to swim, but also many more fascinating things. So while Zeta's parents try to figure out why she now refuses to eat mackerel, Zeta has the adventure of her life.
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published August 31st 1999 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1998)
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I would give this book three and a half stars, and I seriously considered four.
I consider this story to be Dick King-Smith's best, at least among those that I have read. The feel is tremendously deep and resonant, and the writing style allows the reader to deeply feel Zeta's joy as she gets to know the magical merman Marinus, and also her sadness as the days of summer drift by, and she knows that she will have to say goodbye to her enchanting new friend at the end of the season.
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This book wasn't my favorite out of Dick King-Smith's works. But it still gave me a sense of magic and fantasy like most of his books have. I started this a few days ago, but never continued it. Today, because I had nothing to do, I decided to go ahead and finish it. This book was a very quick read, seeing as it is for children.

Here we meet Zeta, a girl who's on vacation with her parents. She meets Marinus, a merman. He teaches Zeta many different things and shows her wonderful sights. It is a d
Lovely story about Zeta, a 10-year-old girl vacationing on the remote North Scotland coast where she meets a merman who becomes her friend and teacher, helping her learn everything from swimming to French. Zeta is a bird-watcher and always carries her binoculars, so there the birds of that area make an appearance, as well as seals and whale sharks. The ending made me tear up. King-Smith has a real gift. Logan loved this one.
I read this book when I was in like 3rd or 4th grade and back then I was completely enraptured by it. But now, I'm older, and know that were I to read this book today, It would not make it on my list of awesome books. I recommend it for younger age groups).
read this when I was a kid. a story of true friendship.
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I really like this author for early chapter books.
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
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