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Mermaids Most Amazing

Mermaids Most Amazing

by Oliver Narelle
     
 

"For as long as anyone can remember, mermaids have swum through our stories and splashed through our dreams. . . . " Where did these mythical creatures come from? What if they were real?
Mermaids Most Amazing provides a comprehensive introduction to these beloved creatures, rendered in beautifully evocative, folk art-style collages and illustrations.

Overview

"For as long as anyone can remember, mermaids have swum through our stories and splashed through our dreams. . . . " Where did these mythical creatures come from? What if they were real?
Mermaids Most Amazing provides a comprehensive introduction to these beloved creatures, rendered in beautifully evocative, folk art-style collages and illustrations. You'll meet the fish-tailed goddesses of ancient Polynesia; crafty water sprites of the Pacific Northwest; fake mermaids from British carnivals of the 1800s; and the dugong, whose human-like features and behavior have been mistaken for mermaids by sailors throughout the ages.
Including several legends perfect for reading aloud, as well as maps of the mermaid world, Mermaids Most Amazing is a must-read for mermaid fans of all ages. Who knows what strange (and real) creatures you just might find?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book begins, naturally, by asking whether mermaids are real or just stories. It plants the seed of wondering—could mermaids have lived long ago? It explores many possible angles as it examines both the history and the folklore of these mysterious beings. From the Babylonian god Oannes to Tahbi-tin of Ghana and beyond, many mermaid variations are presented. Accounts of "real" and faked mermaids are neatly summarized, and several brief tales are included. While the text is engaging, the real draw of this title is its artwork. Oliver's lovely illustrations are created from hand-colored linocuts and collage, and the mottled coloring of each page gently evokes the sea. Many children are hungry for folklore and mysteries; this book is sure to satisfy readers with such appetites. 2005, Putnam, Ages 4 to 9.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-This Australian import demonstrates the long-held fascination with mermaids throughout history. In three brief chapters, Oliver introduces legendary water folk from different lands and examines whether mermaids are "Real, Unreal, or Just a Seal"; traces sightings over the years and throughout the world; and tells of documented frauds and tricks. The book closes with five folktales from a variety of cultures and an ode to mermaids. Combining full-page paintings with smaller vignettes, the hand-colored, folksy linocuts are embellished with tiny beads, charms, and other bits of collage that deftly illustrate the lively text. The whole package pays great attention to detail, and yet one illustration lacks sensitivity. An American Indian tale from the Pacific coast erroneously shows a mermaid with a feather headband. With its attractive cover and subject matter, the book is likely to be popular; however, libraries should take this shortcoming into consideration. End pages depict a map of the mermaid world.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Oliver illustrates scattershot mentions of fish deities and merfolk sightings worldwide-plus some proven hoaxes-with dark-lined, hand-colored linocuts enhanced by the occasional shell, fishhook, or bit of netting. She closes with five short, retold folktales, four of which come from Pacific or Indian traditions. Though several of the images are of lissome (discreetly posed) fish-ladies, overall the sea dwellers here have a distinctly unhuman look that may broaden the outlooks of younger viewers with Disneyfied expectations, and perhaps lead them on to the more comprehensive likes of Shirley Climo's Treasury of Mermaids (1997). (source notes) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399242885
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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