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Maressa and Merlone: A Musical Fairy Tale
     

Maressa and Merlone: A Musical Fairy Tale

by Shaeri Richards
 
Ms. Richard's enchanting narration and original songs weave the tale of Princess Maressa. Haunted by strange dreams, the princess sneaks into the forest to visit the hidden pool. As she stares into the water, a man's face appears, the same man who has been appearing in her dreams. Frightened and unsure what it means, Maressa visits Weelo the wise woman who sends the

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Ms. Richard's enchanting narration and original songs weave the tale of Princess Maressa. Haunted by strange dreams, the princess sneaks into the forest to visit the hidden pool. As she stares into the water, a man's face appears, the same man who has been appearing in her dreams. Frightened and unsure what it means, Maressa visits Weelo the wise woman who sends the princess on a journey. During her travels, Maressa meets Merlone, the man whose face appeared in the pool. Together, they embark on an action-packed adventure in search of a healing flower. Accompanied by Winchester the frog and a delightful cast of characters, Maressa and Merlone learn that when you follow your heart, magic happens!

Author Biography: Shaeri Richards is a multi-talented individual. Her background includes 12 years as a radio and television journalist, numerous acting credits on stage and in film, and a variety of musical skills. She plays keyboard & guitar and is currently the drummer for the wildly popular Sammy Davis Band, performing motown, soul and funk in Northern Arizona. She is also a top-rated radio personality. You can hear her from 3 to 7 weekdays on the Q 102.9. (KQST, Sedona, Flagstaff)

Ms. Richards moved to Sedona, Arizona in the early 90's on a spiritual quest. Maressa & Merlone: A Musical Fairy Tale is the fruit of that journey. She lives happily in the land of the Red Rocks with her partner Hans, her dog Poquito and Pookie the cat.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
1hr and 45 min. of pure listening enchantment for children of all ages (and their parents too!)
ForeWord Magazine
[The author's] animated, versatile voice brings each character to life...in this pleasing audio production.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This original work, chock-full of New Age philosophy, is pleasant but unexceptional. Written and performed by writer/actress/musician Shaeri Richards, it tells of Maressa, a princess, bored with her life, who misses her brother who has left to fight the "Underlanders." She sees the face of a young man in a pool, and is amazed when she notices him selling produce at the local market. Helped by Weelo, a wise woman, Maressa goes to meet Merlone, the farmer. Merlone reveals that he lost his father 12 years earlier to a monster on a mountain, causing his mother to cease speaking and to waste away. Merlone plans to return to the mountain to avenge himself and to find a magic flower with which to heal his mother. Maressa convinces Merlone to allow her to travel with him. During the journey, she discovers that her father, the king, has conquered the "Underlanders" and that they are trying to recover their territory. Maressa and Merlone arrive at the mountain to find that the "monster" in the cave is actually Merlone's father who had slain the original monster, but had been enchanted into remaining to guard the cave. They find the magic flower and return to Merlone's farm. Back at the castle, Maressa's wounded brother is revived by the magic flower. The king decides to enter into negotiations with the "Underlanders." Several other interesting characters enliven the story, and Richards does a good job of giving unique voices to each. In the press release, Richards erroneously claims that this story "offers something new characters who embrace both the masculine and feminine side of themselves." There are numerous examples from children's literature of characters who transcend their gender roles in much more interesting ways: William in William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow (HarperCollins, 1972), the pirate queen in The Pirate Queen by Emily McCully (Putnam 1995), and Sally Anne in Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg (Morrow, 1995), just to name a few. Five pop rock songs, which Richards sings very nicely, are integrated into the story. For most libraries, this will be an additional purchase.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971137707
Publisher:
Heartfull Productions
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
2 CASSETTES
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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