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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439047811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439047814
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A dozen mermaid tales from as many cultures receive "vigorous and picturesque" retellings and "astonishing," period-flavored illustrations, said PW in a starred review. Ages 7-11.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up-It's common for folklore retellers to cite their sources, and Osborne does a lovely job of tracing the roots and explaining how she adapted each of these stories. However, it's rarer for illustrators to explain their research and artistic processes, so Howell's notes are fascinating. These appendixes also show the care and scholarship that permeate this volume. Of the 12 tales, only Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" is very well known. The other entries come from around the world and from different times-ancient Greece to 19th-century America. As Osborne points out in her introduction, these selections feature strong heroines who just happen to have fish tails. Being magical creatures, some can offer wealth and happiness; others can become human, marry, and have children; and a few are evil and vengeful. This rich collection is further enhanced by thoughtfully designed color plates and page decorations. Each picture furthers the understanding of the story through content and style (e.g., authentic African patterns are used to decorate the Nigerian tale, while the Greek tale is accompanied by artwork influenced by the area's terra-cotta pottery). An anthology that will enrich any collection.
Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1996
Format: Library Binding
I live on an island. Therefore, water plays a large part in my
life - its the only way that I can get to the
rest of my country. And, an offshoot of that is that I feel
very connected with water life - including mermaids.
So, when finding this book, call Mermaid Tales from Around
the World, I decided to check it out. Superficially, its kinda
short - only 10-12 stories, And its printed in a largish print.
So that way its easy to read.
But, deeper into the book, the illustrations are wonderful -
there is one for each story. And each is different. Ok, yeah,
you say - of course they have different illustrations for
different stories. But its more than that. Each is done
in a different style - down to the signature. They are
based on the culture that the story comes from. Instead of
americanizing the pictures, Howell has reasearched the
particular culture of the tale, and has imitated it. The result
is fantastic.
The stories them selves are wonderful. You have, of course,
the Little Mermaid. And then, theres the Native Canadian
story, and the Japanese tale. The stories all show the
different cultures, and their view of what a mermaid is. And
each view differs.
To say the least, I enjoyed this book. It gave a view of
what a mermaid is to several cultures, plus had spectacular
illustrations. Check it out!!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Erin VINE VOICE on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This work as a whole will enlarge your understanding of water maiden creatures, but don't expect to find any rivetting storytelling.
The value of this book lies in its cultural scope. How intriguing to note that water maidens play a significant role in the folk lore of such diverse cultures! And how interesting to see how these creatures vary from country to country (for they are not all mermaids as the title would suggest). Readers will discover an added bonus in Howell's artwork, which enhances the cultural flavor of each tale to great effect.
However, each tale is written in a sparse, folk tale style--flat characters and settings with little descriptive embellishments. For this reason I would recommend this book mainly to those who love mermaids and other sea creatures, rather than to those who just looking for a good story. But recommend it I do, for it is a fine collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
My name is Janna, and I'm 12 years old. This book was great! If the illustrations hadn't been so great, I would have given it a 3, though. The illustrations are what makes it so great. The illustrator studied how different cultures paint or draw. Then he'd make the illustrations fit the place where the story came from. Troy Howell is amazing!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Titanium Lili VINE VOICE on November 16, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is wonderful for all ages. It includes stories from all over the world, not just Europe. The illustrations are excpetional, with the artist emulating the style of whatever area of the world the story is from, resulting in a genuine feel. The stories are told well, and the book is large enough to be able to show the pictures to a story-time group if desired. I am an adult, yet I found the stories to be interesting and though not dumbed down, accessible to almost all age groups.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
My name is Shell and I am 11 years old and I loved this book, its pictures are astonishing with its beautiful colors. One of my favorites is The Nastasia of the Sea, always testing the boy of his loyalty for her. This also contains a very well known classic, The Little Mermaid, by Hans Chistian Anderson. I have read its stories for hundreds of times always wanting to read it again and again, I'd read one story, then I'd have to finish the whole book! I have rented this book many times hoping to find it in a store to buy, but never found it, now I have purchased it, it like a dream come true! Or at least it's an early Christmas present. This book is very extrodinary and not like any other, it kind of gives you a bit of the culture where it came from, as its stories is set in the same mood as all the stories from the cultures. The pictures are like all the other pictures from the cultures too. Such as the picture of Menona of the Waterfall which is Indian its picture looks as if an Indian artist painted it.The whole book is finely illustrated and well told too. It's a very good book and I sure mermaid fans would love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a child from a scholastic book order and I absolutely loved it. I got so mad at my sister when I let her borrow it and she spilled water on it. I love how all the different cultural illustrations were drawn by the same artist. I'm in college now, and it's just a fun and simple read. I don't own any other mermaid books yet but I really love this one.
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