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The Little Mermaid

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 24 pages
Published January 6th 2014 by Usborne Books (first published June 1st 2005)
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Rating is mostly for the watercolour illustrations, because the adaptation of Andersen's tale isn't very good. ...more
Closer to the original, with no Disneyfied ending, this retelling still lacks depth.

The watercolour illustrations are gorgeous, despite all of the mermaids looking too similar (facially).

Wouldn't make the reading list.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not like the movie version we know but still well told. I liked the cliff hanger it left the reader on and would love to know what the children’s predictions would be about what happened to her next.
Micaela Swart
Art is stunning, story is meh.
Sarah B.
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Isabel's grandmother
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Alan Marks' watercolour illustrations are exquisite. Katie Daynes' retelling of this classic Hans Christian Andersen story is both more lyrical and gentler than the original, making it a more appropriate story to read to young children. Unlike the Disney version, this one keeps the sad ending, and in the book's illustrations the little mermaid has all the youth and vulnerability of a 16-year-old girl (unlike Ariel, who looks and acts about 23, in my opinion). This gave me a deeper understanding ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally thought that this was going to be a reworked version of Andersen's story, but besides leaving out the themes about the Little Mermaid wanting a soul (not a game changer from my perspective, since I'm not a fan of this kind of Christian morality) the story stayed relatively true with the Little Mermaid failing in her quest for the Prince's love and becoming seafoam. What actually gives this book a higher rating than average is that the illustrations are so beautifully done. Marks does a ...more
Feb 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The ending of this edition of The Little Mermaid is truly tragic instead of the happy ending we're used to. It was a shocker, both for me and the kids. I'd rather not read my children bedtime stories that end in tragedy. Instead of winning the prince, the little mermaid thinks, I have failed, and is then swallowed up by the ocean (in human form. Also, the cover art is very pretty but it ends up being pretty monotonous throughout the book. ...more
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The original tale of the little mermaid is not the lovely ending of Disney's version. It is an unfortunate tale but one that can be used to empower our girls ensuring they are not giving themselves away and cultivating the ability to voice themselves. ...more
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