From Publishers Weekly
Told with the crisp economy and compelling force of the best folk literature, this seaside tale from the Scottish Hebrides packs a treasure trove of classic fairy-tale elements. Moodie ( The Wonder Shoes ) introduces a fisher boy and a weaver girl who live happily by the sea; an evil giant who snatches the girl and threatens to eat her; a giant's wife who accepts bribes; animals eager to repay the fisher boy's past kindnesses; a bewitching but evil sea princess. Her art is buoyantly childlike, both shimmering with the jewel-like colors of the sea and radiating the warm colors of the earth. The underwater kingdom of the princess proves an especially intriguing stage, with its wealth of accoutrements, its malicious-looking inhabitants and the horrific unveiling of the princess's monstrous true self. Rarely are storybook villains so enjoyably puffed up with wickedness. A straightforwardly good tale. Ages 5-8.
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From Kirkus Reviews
``Based on a little-known folktale from the Scottish Hebrides,'' a tale of a boy whose kindness to animals is rewarded when they help him rescue a friend. Thomas always lets the little fish go; he has also freed a trapped otter and cared for an injured eagle. When his dear friend Kate is enslaved by a giant, the eagle flies Thomas to her side; the giant's wife promises to free them both in return for a string of pearls that Thomas eventually gathers with the otter's assistance--but not before he forgets himself, for a time, with an enchanted princess under the sea. Moodie's retelling is straightforward and unadorned, but the book's best feature is her glowing, stylized art, with the action caught in the kind of serenity and lovingly rendered detail that imbues medieval tapestries. An attractive new setting for a proven story formula. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.