- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Series: Trophy Chapter Books
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (April 10, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064421031
- ISBN-13: 978-0064421034
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Serenade of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World Paperback – April 10, 1999
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5Eight folktales from around the world, complete with source notes and introductions that conjure up the mythic milieu of each country. Originally published as a picture book, A Treasury of Mermaids (HarperCollins, 1997), with Jean and Mou-sien Tsengs vibrant full-page paintings, this paperback edition has new artwork and a chapter-book format. The soft pastels from the earlier version have been replaced with framed pen-and-ink drawings. Where the first book featured artwork as an introduction to a tale, here it is integrated midway through the story. While these techniques may help bridge the transition from picture to chapter books, readers lose the fluidity and grace that underlies the tales. While the newer version may satisfy some chapter-book readers, it does not replace the original publication.Tina Hudak, Takoma Park Maryland Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Shirley Climo's love of folklore began in her childhood and has provided the background for many of her children's books, such as The Korean Cinderella, Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall, A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World, A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World, and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales, an NCTE Teacher's Choice and Library of Congress Best Children's Book that was originally inspired by her research for Cobweb Christmas. Mrs. Climo and her husband live in Los Altos, California.
Lisa Falkenstern has worked as an illustrator for twenty years, since she graduated from Parsons School of Design. A Treasury of Mermaids is the first book she has illustrated for children. Ms. Falkenstern currently resides in New Jersey.
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Unlike other mermaid collections I've read, this one is actually addressed to the little girls who are interested in mermaids, but not so simple as to turn off collecters and scholars. Before each tale is a small summary of information about merfolk in various cultures to set the background for the tale. Nothing extraordinary, but it's kind of nice to get some mermaid trivia. Best of all, the author makes an attempt to get stories from a wide variety of places; there is a story from Switzerland as well as Japan!
I strongly recommend this collection, for it can be enjoyed by anyone.
For a much better book, both in binding and illustration, I would recommend Mermaid Tales from Around the World by Mary Pope Osborne. The pictures are large and colorful in that book, emulating the style of the area of the world from which the story comes.
Don't waste your money on Serenade of Mermaids.