Lucy and the Merman
When a seagull drops a merman into Lucy's lap, she sets out to return him to the sea. In gratitude, the merman changes Lucy into a mermaid, so that she can spend the day in his undersea world.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published 1977 by Scholastic Book Services
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You know, I don't even know where my copy of this came from as a child. But I read it so much the book was falling apart. I adored the illustrations, especially the one where Lucy is first a mermaid and she's trying to swim. I spent years trying to be a mermaid in the pool because of this book. I just ordered a new copy because here I am 40 years old and I've missed it so much.
Another childhood favorite of mine, I've al;so adapted this to a screenplay for a family film. Her adventures under the sea as a reward for saving the Merman was great and I can just imagine how it would translate film. Wouldn't it be great to see this one in the theater too.
While this doesn't quite hold up to an adult rereading, it is still a great little book, and my five year old loved it. Should come with a warning, though: may turn your kid into an unemployable English major with a fondness for Matthew Arnold.