3rd out of 22 books — 11 voters
Mermaid Tales from Around the World
Enchanting tales of sea nymphs from 12 cultures, including Chinese, Iranian, African, and Native American, are eloquently retold in this acclaimed collection. Full color. An "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists.
(first published 1993)
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Before The Magic Treehouse books, Mary Pope Osborne collected these stories of water nymphs from around the world. I liked the inclusion of unusual stories like "Menana of the Waterfall" (a Romeo & Juliet tale set among the Ottawas) and "The Sea Princess of Persia" and the Japanese "The Serpent and the Sea Queen," alongside more familiar stories about Melusine and the little mermaid, who is nameless in this version and turns to seafoam when her love goes unrequited. This isn't so much a book...more
Jan 23, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fairly long anthology of mermaid stories from various cultures. They aren't of Disney ilk and I think that was wonderful, but it was a little confusing for our girls. When I read "The Little Mermaid" to them, they complained that it wasn't the 'original' story (which for them, of course, was the Disney version.) They didn't really understand why mermaids weren't all beautiful, kind and sweet in these stories, but they did enjoy the tales. I thought the stories were wonderful and I love...more
Not for tots; in fact probably best for teens and young women. Stunning illustrations done in the style of artwork from which culture each tale is drawn. For example, the English tale looks like a 'primitive' pub-sign family portrait, and the tale from Greece looks like it's from a terra-cotta urn. Gracefully retold to make reading and understanding easier - but still true to the style & themes of the originals (at least the ones I knew). Good author and great illustrator notes. I recommend...more
This book contained short stories about mermaids. It was definitely an awesome read. I got this book as a gift from my Elementary school and I enjoyed each and every one of the unique stories. My favorite one was the one where the mermaid cannot tell her husband that she is a mermaid, but he finds out anyway. These stories exceeded my expectations and I will definitely read them again.
Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.More about Mary Pope Osborne...