The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

by Jane Ray
     
 

The sea is full of mystery and enchantment—and this extraordinary collection captures every drop of its magic. Retold and illustrated by the renowned picture-book artist Jane Ray, The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales features an international selection of captivating stories and poems: “The Fisherman and His Wife,”See more details below

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Overview

The sea is full of mystery and enchantment—and this extraordinary collection captures every drop of its magic. Retold and illustrated by the renowned picture-book artist Jane Ray, The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales features an international selection of captivating stories and poems: “The Fisherman and His Wife,” “Whalesong,” “Lobster Quadrille,” “The Ballad of John Silver,” and many more.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" . . . a tribute to nonhuman creatures and the stories they've inspired across the world . . .  This time, sea creatures come alive in prose, verse, and image . . . Ray's exquisite woodcuts echo the sentiments in each retelling, making this a book to be relished for its text, art, and overall design." —Booklist
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 4–8—Ray retells seven stories in her trademark flowing style ("the truly wonderful thing about a story is that you can change it and make it yours") in this attractive volume. Most of the selections are familiar, originally coming from Japan, Denmark, Germany, East Africa, ancient Greece, and the Orkney Islands, as well as from the Inuit people. All the tales involve some magic: a poor fisherman carried by a turtle to an undersea kingdom to marry the Dragon King's daughter; a young court musician rescued from drowning by a dolphin that is enchanted by his singing; and Raven the Creator, paddling his kayak into the belly of a whale to find the beautiful dancing girl who is the fish's "heart and spirit," among others. A somewhat shortened adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" has a rewritten ending that significantly weakens its moral, providing the only flaw in this beautifully designed and well-written volume. Several poems by classic writers and an award-winning alliterative poem by a young London poet complete the collection. There is exceptional technical quality and detail in Ray's various-sized graphic scratchboard illustrations and artistic sensibility in their placement throughout the volume. Her choice of colors—bright red, orange, golden yellow, turquoise, and muted shades of green, aquamarine, taupe, and even gray and black—result in a visually stunning book. A listing of the sources for each story and poem is included. A gorgeous collection.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907967818
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
The Story Collector
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,015,460
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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