The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep

The Secret History of Mermaids and Creatures of the Deep

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by Ari Berk, Various
     
 

From the loremaster who brought us THE SECRET HISTORY OF GIANTS comes an intriguing new chronicle revealing the mysterious ways of merfolk.

Since ancient times, seafarers and coast-dwellers the world over have reported encounters with merpeople. Variously known as Finfolk, Dinny Mara, Nereids, Blue Men, and Merrymaids, merfolk have been the source of both

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From the loremaster who brought us THE SECRET HISTORY OF GIANTS comes an intriguing new chronicle revealing the mysterious ways of merfolk.

Since ancient times, seafarers and coast-dwellers the world over have reported encounters with merpeople. Variously known as Finfolk, Dinny Mara, Nereids, Blue Men, and Merrymaids, merfolk have been the source of both gifts and disasters for humankind. Now a lavishly illustrated resource offers insight into the lives, origins, language, and magic of these elusive peoples. Like a siren’s song, this fascinating tome is sure to enthrall all who fall under its spell.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With the appearance and seriousness of an ancient tome, this book is chock-a- block full of information and stories about merfolk and other sea creatures. Every page has fold-out and lift-the-flap additions that make the reader feel privy to never-before-released information. Readers learn of the merfolk's origins, their language, the undersea villages they call home, and their physical appearance, ostensibly just in case they encounter such a sea creature one on one. Accounts of actual encounters with seafolk have been attributed to Noah, the ancient Babylonians, and even Henry Hudson. That merfolk are vengeful is seen in the wandering curse that condemns an entire ship for one sailor's infraction. Details about merfolk songs, weapons, sea zones, children who grow up to be human, and sea creatures to be wary of (e.g., sirens, leviathans) are all included. There is even one double-page spread devoted to selkies. The tiny writing on dark pages make this hard on the eye, but every page is crammed with facts and lore that will hold readers' attention. The illustrators manage to portray a sea world and its creatures as both frightening and alluring. Heavy stock paper and a jewel-toned cover add to the appeal of this intriguing compendium. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763645151
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Edition description:
Gift
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
100,654
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ari Berk is a writer, visual artist, and scholar of literature, folklore, and myth. He has written everything from academic works on ancient cultures to popular books about myths for children and adults. A professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Ari Berk has traveled widely and made friends (aquatic and otherwise) in many parts of the world.

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