Princess Fishtail

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Princess Fishtail really digs her life beneath the water-living in a crystal palace, jumping rope with dolphins, and chatting with tuna on her cell phone. But one day when she rescues a handsome surfer, the mer-princess realizes she's been hooked-by love. The princess decides to spend the rest of her life on land with her true love, but one day she gets homesick for her old pals under the sea. Will a rotten old troll stand in true love's way, or can a mermaid princess, a surfer, and some sewing lessons show the ...
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Overview

Princess Fishtail really digs her life beneath the water-living in a crystal palace, jumping rope with dolphins, and chatting with tuna on her cell phone. But one day when she rescues a handsome surfer, the mer-princess realizes she's been hooked-by love. The princess decides to spend the rest of her life on land with her true love, but one day she gets homesick for her old pals under the sea. Will a rotten old troll stand in true love's way, or can a mermaid princess, a surfer, and some sewing lessons show the way to living happily ever after?

"This ultracool version of the fairy tale ...updates the classic with singular flair." (Publishers Weekly on Cinder-Elly)

After rescuing a handsome surfer, the Mer-King's daughter decides to trade her tail to a frightening troll in exchange for legs, but after a month on land she seeks a way to visit her home.

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The creators of Cinder-Elly and Sleepless Beauty here perkily up-end "The Little Mermaid": "On top she was a human,/ In fact, was kind of dishy./ Underneath it all, though,/ You might find something fishy." While swimming, the Mer-Princess, aka Highness, spies a surfer and immediately falls in love. Distracted by her song, Burt falls off his board and she pulls him to shore. When Highness bemoans her inability to stay on dry land because of her fishtail, a sly troll appears and offers to trade her the tail for two feet. She and Burt have a grand time together until the princess becomes homesick and the troll refuses to return her tail. But clever Burt comes up with a solution. Quips and comments from fish ("Highness, maybe you should go to a plastic sturgeon," they warn when the troll makes his offer), seagulls and clams supplement the sometimes strained rhy-ming verse. Painted on a grainy, woodlike ground, Karas's mixed-media pictures take Los Angeles as backdrop; a scene of the Hollywood hills is especially festive. Light colors and bubbly patterns create a confetti-like effect, well suited to the frothiness of this frolicsome retelling. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-This wacky story told in verse features a modern mermaid/princess: "On top she was a human,/In fact, was kind of dishy./Underneath it all, though,/You might find something fishy." While swimming one day, she spies Burt, a handsome surfer. When he wipes out on his board and falls into the drink, Highness rescues him and they immediately fall in love. She enlists the help of a shady, underworld Troll to trade her fishtail for two legs and feet. Although she has fun shopping for shoes and seeing the sights of Hollywood, she is homesick. The troll refuses to help: "`No refunds here,' said he." Then the forward-thinking princess realizes that others swim without a tail. Burt provides her with a scuba suit and swimming lessons, and she is no longer "a fish without my water." Minters's satiric, playful verse is best appreciated when read aloud. Karas's bright illustrations, in watercolor and cutouts, provide a humorous backdrop filled with beaches, fish-taco vendors, and animals that poke fun at fairy-tale conventions: after Burt and Highness fall in love at first sight, a seagull quips: "Wow! That was fast." A funny, tongue-in-cheek tale.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Familiar folktale elements are given a modern twist by the creators of Cinder-Elly (1994) and Sleepless Beauty (1996) in this original tale of a mermaid captivated by a handsome surfer. Told in slangy, rhyming vernacular, the storyline is traditional in its basic elements: when a human man falls into the sea attempting to get a glimpse of a beautiful mermaid, she helps him to shore, falls in love with him, agrees to trade her tail for legs, then wishes to be able to return to her family under the sea. But this Mer-Princess is more resourceful than the greedy troll with whom she’s made the trade anticipates; when the troll demands her voice in return for giving her back her tail, she takes swimming lessons at the Y and learns how to scuba-dive in order to visit her family. The colorful, splashy illustrations are outlined in scratchy, thin black lines, and the spreads are full of humorous asides and details in addition to the text: clams, jellyfish, seabirds, and even some aliens contribute remarks as they seem to watch the story unfold from the sides of the pages. This fish tale with well-known antecedents is refreshingly contemporary in its tone and look. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035298
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 9/16/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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