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The Little Mermaid Hardcover – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Juv); 1st edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786803835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786803835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Danish

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I enjoyed this story as a child and my daughter has enjoyed it as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DMV on March 14, 2011
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My kids all love the disney version of this story; I bought this book because I remembered reading it as a girl and always loved the orginal version; and I wanted my kids to know the real story and the orginal author behind the story. I love this story, my kids loved it to, even though the ending is sad. I think everyone should have this book in their own personal collection. All Hans C. Andersen's books are great reads!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Johnston-Haist on February 18, 2013
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As an artist currently working on a serie of Sea creatures, Mermaids are a big part of my everyday life...and I have been going through whatever texts or documents that are related to the subject and could provide me with ideas and inspirations, so off course, I went back to this classical story of my childhood... it had been a big influence in those days, but I had since forgoten the details, and reading it again took me back to my childhood dreams... that was great, and I wish todays children would read more fairy tales...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2013
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This is one of the many delightful and educational classic tales by Hans Christian Andersen with nice illustrations by Edmund Dulac. The Andersen tales have engrossing and suspenseful plot that enchant children and are filled with entertaining and instructive details, some of which are subtly funny.

The Little Mermaid is one of six children of the Sea King, whose wife has died. None has feet, only a tail. The children are raised by him and his mother. Each of the king’s daughters must remain under water until they attain age 15 when they can swim to the surface, sit on a rock or swim where they like and see the outside world. Since their grandmother does not describe the upper world very well, each of the younger children waits to hear from their older sibling what she has seen. None of the sisters longed to know about the upper world more than the beautiful Little Mermaid because she was the youngest and had to wait the longest. She was fascinated by the hundreds of things that her sisters told her they saw. She heard many tales because each sister marveled at different sights.

Then the Little Mermaid attained age 15 and swam to the surface. She saw a handsome 16-year-old prince on a ship. The ship sank, and she saved to prince, but he was unconscious and did not know who saved him. Andersen tells what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristal3615 on February 11, 2013
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I had never read the story before buying this, but I had heard the ending from a coworker and was very curious to read it for myself. Wonderfully written of course!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.A. on December 29, 2012
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Read this book as a child all the time and loved it. So glad I found it on the kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maddie on December 7, 2013
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I loved this book very much! I have been looking for stuff about the original Little Mermaid, so when I found this for only one cent, I knew I had to give it a try... I am very glad I did! It may be a little hard to understand for some people because of the 19th century English, but it gives it a very authentic feel, which is perfect, I think, for this story. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in finding the roots to classic Disney stories, but I would also warn that is definitely not as cheery as the Disney version. I would say to people thinking about getting it to just spend the one cent and give it a try... I did and was pleasantly surprised!
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By searcher on June 26, 2014
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Ever since I was a little child this book has given me the full experience of the elements of literature! Beats the Disney version by a long shot!
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By Lee Caldwell on June 4, 2014
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A little bit dated but interesting historically as we will be travelling to Scandinavia later in the year. Glad I read it but probably wouldn't read it to my 5 year old twin grand-daughters yet.
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