Can You Catch a Mermaid?


Have you ever seen a mermaid? Eliza has! And this is the story of how she and a little mermaid become the most inseparable of friends.

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Have you ever seen a mermaid? Eliza has! And this is the story of how she and a little mermaid become the most inseparable of friends.

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Eliza lives by the sea with her father, a fisherman. She is a solitary child, until one day another girl, Freya, appears to play by the shore and gather shells. But one day, Freya loses her mirror decorated with shells, and Eliza realizes that Freya is a mermaid who has now lost her talismanic tie to the sea. Freya comes home with Eliza, but the sea grows angry with Freya's mother's longing for her child. Freya searches daily for her mirror, but Eliza, longing for Freya's companionship, has hidden it. Finally Eliza realizes she must return it and places the mirror in Freya's hands while she sleeps. In the morning, Freya is gone, but sometimes Eliza thinks she sees glimpses of Freya in the deep waters-or is it her own reflection? Dervla Kirwan reads the story on the accompanying CD in a hushed, warm tone (with perhaps too much musical accompaniment). Ray's pictures are lush, rich and sparkly, with such lovely touches as Eliza's father's tattoos and Eliza's mismatched socks. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841212968
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/23/2003
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 984,778
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Ray was formerly an art teacher for students with disabilities. She has illustrated a variety of children's books and has been hailed as "one of the most luminous illustrators at work today" by an Economist reviewer. She has also written Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden among many others. She won the 6-8 category of the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation. The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award.

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