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The Little Mermaid

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In this captivating reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's classic, Caldecott medalist and bestselling artist Jerry Pinkney conjures a poignant friendship story and an epic tale of redemption -- the definitive new version for our time.
Melody, the littlest sea princess, is not content just to sing in the choir of mermaids like her sisters. She is an explorer who wonde
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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These illustrations took my breathe away. I loved this re-imagination focused on female friendship and finding one’s voice.
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Melody is the youngest and smallest mermaid princess. She loves sneaking away from her princess duties to explore the ocean floor and catch glimpses of the world above. When she finally breaks the surface one day, she discovers a girl standing on the beach waving at her. Melody longs to become friends, but she returns home saddened that she can never walk on the beach. After a tempting offer from the sea witch, Melody agrees to give up her voice for a chance at legs and making a new friend. But ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Legendary children's illustrator Jerry Pinkney has crafted a beautiful, spellbinding rendition of The Little Mermaid, every picture worthy of being a wall print. Melody, the youngest of four mermaid sisters, wants to explore the human world, and even more than that, she wants a friend. The underwater art is particularly incredible, and I love the bizarre design of the frightening Sea Witch. An instant classic retelling!
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful version of The Little Mermaid. I like that Pinkney made it in a modern setting to better connect with today's children. Also, switching the romance to a friendship gives more power to the decisions Melody (the mermaid) makes. Rather than focusing on love and lust, Melody looks for acceptance and companionship.

Good for older kid storytimes but too long for younger kids unless done in a one-on-one setting
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lushly detailed reimagining of the classic fairy tale. This mermaid is younger than Disney's teenage Ariel, and her story ends on a happier note than Anderson's original fairy tale version. Pinkney's mermaid character, Melody, ventures onto land to seek friendship rather than the love of a prince, and she also takes a bolder and more active role in her story.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful retelling of a classic story with a more young audience in mind. A great author's note in the back. The Illustrations are beautiful, bright and tell their own story. Diverse characters, a focus on friendship instead of true love, a shortened timeframe and a plot focus on Melody finding her own voice and power.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color

Gorgeously illustrated, opting to not shy away from some of the scarier parts of the non-Disney-fied "Little Mermaid" tale. Bonus points for having friendship--and not romantic love--drive the story.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations and good vocabulary for language development. I personally prefer the original story, but some of the changes Pinkney makes to the story could lead to interesting discussions.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore Jerry Pickney's books and this adaptation is fantastic. I love how he made the story about friendship and sacrifice rather than the mature theme of romance. This one was definitely youth aged appropriate. Kudos!!
Jerry Pinkney never fails as evidenced in the re-imagined telling of the little mermaid in which they use their voice to overcome evil.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the changes Pinkney made to this story and, as always, his art is phenomenal.
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Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a classic! What an amazing beautiful version of a classic story! This author is a true legend! Loved it!
Love this adaptation!
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JERRY PINKNEY is one of children’s literature’s most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children’s books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the winner of the Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott K ...more

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