Mermaid's Gift is the fourth book in a series which retells fairy tales andlegends from Bulgaria, but also the second book I've read by this author. Theother tale I read was excellent, but I feel this one is even better. Thischildren's fairy tale has as much depth as it does magical charm. I wasimpressed with how real the characters were portrayed and how much of the focuswas on family. I think it's a timely subject considering the many challengesfamilies today face.
It was fun to read about nine-year-old Nick's family's custom to celebratenamedays in the same fashion that we celebrate birthdays. I won't spoil thesurprise, so you'll have to read the book to find out what a nameday is. Butsince I'd never heard of such a custom before reading this book, I thought itwas especially cool.
Did I mention there are mermaids in this story?
As the story goes, Nick's family is celebrating his name day upon which he isgiven a very special gift. This gift will holds great mysteries and magic andwill ultimately change Nick and his family's life forever.
Overall, this is a well-written book. The language is simple, but charming. Andlike so many of the world's great fairy tales, it has an important lesson. Bestpart of all is that the story is just as magical as you would expect a storycentered around mermaids should be. Needless to say, this is the kind of book Iwill be happy to share with the little ones, especially around the holidays,and highly recommend that you do too.
I don't award 5 Stars easily. But this was an easy five starer. Can't wait toread more books in this series. --Kevis Hendrickson