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The Desert Mermaid (La Sirena del Desierto)
     

The Desert Mermaid (La Sirena del Desierto)

by Alberto Blanco, Patricia Revah (Illustrator)
 
A desert mermaid living in an oasis seeks to save her people by rediscoveringthe forgotten songs of their ancestors.

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A desert mermaid living in an oasis seeks to save her people by rediscoveringthe forgotten songs of their ancestors.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Blanco's poetic narrative--presented in both English and Spanish--introduces a lonely mermaid living on one of the few remaining oases in Mexico's Sonora Desert. One day, an old man appears and tells her that the rest of the desert mermaids have disappeared because ``they forgot their songs.'' Aided by the man's magical horse and an enchanted silver crown, the mermaid begins a quest to reclaim the lost songs. On her journey she encounters some helpful animals who, in turn, show her the tunes, words, a guitar and the rhythm she needs to recreate the music and recover her people. Paschke's deft translation captures the gracefulness of Blanco's original Spanish text. Like the missing songs, this tale has an uncommon melody, making it a good choice for reading aloud. Photos of tapestry artist Revah's finely textured needlework provide elegant illustrations. Ages 5-12. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- An enchanting original folktale with colorful tapestrylike illustrations. After overhearing legendary songs of her kin, a solitary mermaid leaves her oasis in the Sonora Desert and begins a quest to discover them. With the help of a magic horse, she finds the music, the words, and at last her kinfolk in the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892391066
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.47(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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