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The Little Mermaid

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For as long as she can remember, the little mermaid has yearned for her fifteenth birthday, when she will finally be old enough to explore the world above the waves. And what she finds there changes her life forever. For upon the sea, on that very first day, the little mermaid falls hopelessly in love with a handsome young prince. Soon there
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Published August 28th 2000 by Puffin Books
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Chelsea Carey
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-children
Review: This fairytale is a wonderful story about a young mermaid who is in search of finding love. The illustrations are extremely eye catching. And the story offers a different, and semi-dark twist on the well known fantasy. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and its beautiful illustrations.

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This book has much longer sections and paragraphs that you often do not see in childrens books. So, I would most likely use this specific book for expanding on reading. I think this woul
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Jecenia Vera
Folktale/Fairytale- Motif: Sacrifice

Isadora, Rachel. The Little Mermaid. G.P. Putman & Sons, 1998. Isadora retells the famed folktale/fairytale, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, with a twist to the ending. The little mermaid dreams of a life on land with a prince she rescued out of the sea. Determined to be with her true love she strikes a deal with the sea witch to turn her tail into legs- with a horrible price. The little mermaid willingly pays the price for the chance of be
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Kasi
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I very light-hearted retelling of the classic.
Nicholas
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Traditional tale selection)

This picture book version of "The Little Mermaid" follows Hans Christian Andersen's version fairly closely (nothing to do with the Disney storyline!). With the original themes of yearning and sacrifice, it does not have a happy ending in the traditional sense. The short text appears on every other page, accompanied by full page watercolor renderings of the action. It is for these wonderful illustrations that I recommend using this book, most likely during a read-aloud
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Kayla Pollema
A little mermaid dreamed of having a soul and goes to great measure to find what she is looking for.

This original story captivated me with the differences that it had from every Little Mermaid story I had read. This story's main focus was to achieve a soul rather than turn into sea foam. I was surprised that the story was more gruesome then any children’s story I have read. For example the legs that the Little Mermaid walked on was like walking on knives, and the girl was asked to kill the man
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Caroline Rogers
I have had this book for a long time sitting out simply because I like the cover. When I read it, I realized how gruesome this version of the Little Mermaid really is. Specifically, in order to get legs instead of a tail her tongue must be cut out and every time she walks it wil be "as knives slicing through her feet" which is not very child appropriate in my opinion. As a teacher I would not have this version in my classroom, but I still like the book. The pictures are very pretty and colorful, ...more
Teri
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from the Disney version! The prince marries another girl and the little mermaid dies! Who knew the original from Hans Christian Anderson (which I believe this author follows pretty closely) could be so morbid? :) Good exposure--and just in time for us to see The Little Mermaid ballet--the classic version.
Kristen Leininger
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Michelle
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This is actually the first time I have read a non-disney version of The Little Mermaid. I have to say it was just gruesome enough and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the illustrations.
Sarah
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
This is a shortened version of Andersen's original fairy tale. The text captures the highlights and is beautifully enhanced by watery illustrations.
Corrine
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malcolm-shelf
This is one of my favorite fairy tales. The illustrations here are just hauntingly, achingly beautiful.
K
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Much better than the Disney version.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Beautiful illustrations!
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Rachel Isadora is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. She has written children's books on multiple topics including ballet, life in America and Africa, and has illustrated several Brother Grimm tales in an African setting. She is most well-known for her Caldecott Honor Award book "Ben's Trumpet". She was a ballet dancer before she became an illustrator and children's writer.
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