The Little Mermaid

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Jerry Pinkney

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Melody, the littlest sea princess, is not content just to sing in the choir of mermaids like her sisters. She is an explorer who wonders about what lies above the water's surface . . . especially the young girl she has spied from a distance. To meet her requires a terrible sacrifice: she trades her beautiful voice for a potion that gives her legs, so that she may live on land instead. It seems like a dream come true at first. But when trouble stirs beneath the ocean, Melody faces another impossible choice -- stay with her friend, or reclaim her true identity and save her family.

Legendary artist Jerry Pinkney's singular reinvention of this tale about love and sacrifice empowers young, twenty-first-century girls with the strong message that "you should never give up your voice . . . for anyone."

Book Reviews

"An essential and empowering adaptation, for all ages, and every collection."―School Library Journal, starred review

"...Affirms girls' voices and power while offering dazzling undersea magic."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time and has illustrated more than 100 books. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created several companion books: The Tortoise & the Hare, The Grasshopper & the Ants, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Little Mermaid.

Book Details

  • Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780316440318

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