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The Little Mermaid

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This series of affordable paperbacks offers an appealing variety of fiction and nonfiction by such popular authors as Jean Marzollo, Joyce Milton, Richard Scarry, and Joanna Cole
Library Binding, 48 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Turtleback Books
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I read it when I was a little girl!
I read it many more times!
And I cry for the little Mermaid!
At the time, I love her and I dream how I can protect her to find her Prince!
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A nice younger reader version of the original tale.

Using simple text and familiar illustrations, this book is great for a beginning reader wanting to read the original tale. It is faithful to the Andersen version, without being too graphic (for example the sea witch magically take the mermaids voice away - similar to the Disney version - instead of cutting her tongue out like in the original). It also takes out any of the religious connotations of the original. The di...more
This is a wonderful retelling of the true and entire story of The Little Mermaid is poignant because it also includes a scene where the prince professes his love for the little mermaid and gives the reader a little glimmer of hope that the prince might marry the little mermaid which made it all the more heartbreaking when the prince meets the princess from the other kingdom and falls for the faux-savior..... just it was written in the original tale. Aside from being beutifully retold by Deborah...more
One of my all time favorite stories is The Little Mermaid. It doesn't matter who write's the story, Anderson or the Disney version. This particular telling is one I read so many times growing up, I cannot even give you a guestimate at how many timies! It is one of the first books I read in childhood that helped develop my love of books and reading.
The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney story, and this is a wonderful twist to that. It is not the same story but just as good. I have searched many years trying to find this book again and I still have yet to obtain it. I absolutely love this mermaid tale and I can still remember quite a bit of the story, especially the end.
Carmen Orellana
I enjoyed this version of the story a lot better than Disney's. It's a little different most notably the ending. I guess this version's ending wasn't suitable for children or may have caused controversy due to the whole issue as to whether or not mermaids had "souls". Either way, if I could find it now, I'd keep it forever.
Elizabeth Root
This classic tale, and movie is one that most children enjoy. My only concern with this version is the images. Some are a bit more than I would feel comfortable sharing with children. I think with upper grades, a study could be done on the different renditions for this story using the images.
This is the original story. Not your disney "oh, everything turns out happy in the end and the girl always gets the guy!" Hell no! Very deep and very sad... I loved it and hated it as a child, but it's worth reading.
Clare K. R.
This is a simplified version of the fairy tale, with some of the more horrible Hans Christian Andersen stuff taken out, but it's not nearly as bad as Disney and the illustrations are gorgeous.
A retelling for children's reading done in an actual lyrical and authentic (to Andersen) way. I really enjoy the illustrations as well.
Was probably my favorite book when I was like 10 years old!!!
Read this in Kindergarten, so cute.
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