- Publisher: Putnam Pub Group; Second Printing edition (September 1978)
- ISBN-10: 0399208453
- ISBN-13: 978-0399208454
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,536,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mermaid's Three Wisdoms Hardcover – September, 1978
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This is not an easy book to acquire. Unfortunately it's out of print, and I had to buy it from a 3rd party seller for a bit of a markup.
This is the story of 12-year-old Jess, a girl who is partially deaf and wears hearing aids. One day while out on the ocean, she catches a glimpse of a mermaid about her age. As punishment for allowing herself to be seen by a human, the mermaid Melusina is banished to the land. Jess finds her on the shore, and with the help of Captain A. she helps the girl adjust to her new life. All the while, Melusina is longing to return to her home. Though they come from different worlds, Jess and Melusina become dear friends and because of their hinderances they can understand each other in ways that no one else could.
There are some great themes present in this short novel, and Yolen's descriptions of the mermaid's longings for the ocean are haunting and beautiful. I hope that her publisher reconsiders and makes it available for purchase again, because it's such a wonderful book for young readers.