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Mermaid Tales from Around the World by Mary…

Mermaid Tales from Around the World (edition 1993)

by Mary Pope Osborne (Retold by), Troy Howell (Illustrator)

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Title:Mermaid Tales from Around the World
Authors:Mary Pope Osborne (Retold by)
Other authors:Troy Howell (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (1993), 84 pages
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Mermaid Tales from Around the World by Mary Pope Osborne


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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 it to anyone who is interested in classic fairy tales and global folklore themes. ( )
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The stories are retold by Mary Pope Osborne.   I have added in brackets the alternate name or name of the original story given in the "Author's Note."  The culture from which it comes is given in parentheses.


Mystery of Melusine (French)

Menana of the Waterfall [from Island of the Eagles] (North American Indian)

The Sea Nymph and the Cyclops [Galatea & Polyphemus] (Greek)

The Enchanted Cap [The Lady of Gollerus] (Irish)

Nastasia of the Sea [The Story of Tremsin, the Bird Zhar, and Nastasia, the Lovely Maid of the Sea]  (Ukranian)

The Fish Husband [The Beautiful Girl and the Fish] (Nigerian)

The Serpent and the Sea Queen [Toda, the Archer, & the Queen of the World Under the Sea] (Japanese)

The Mermaid's Revenge [The Mermaid's Vengeance] (English)

The Princess of the Tung Lake [The Princess of the Tung-T'ing Lake]  (Chinese)

The Sea Princess of Persia [Julnar the Sea-born and her son, The Thousand Nights and One Night] (Iranian)

The Mermaid in the Mill Pond [The Nixie of the Millpond, Grimms' Fairy Tales] (German)

The Little Mermaid [by Hans Christian Andersen] (Danish)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439047811, Paperback)

The book presents legends and tales that have stirred the imaginations of people. From Andersen's Little Mermaid to Nigerian Fish Husband, these sea spirits all determine their own fate.

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A collection of twelve mermaid tales from around the world, featuring such sources as France, Greece, and North Africa.

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