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MERMAIDS, including The Little Mermaid
Stories, Folklore, Legends, Myths, Fairy Tales
& Mermaid Products

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Books about Mermaids - Children
CDs and Audio Cassettes about Mermaids - All ages
Mermaid Toys, Games, Costumes and Gifts - All ages
Mermaid Jewelry - All ages
Online Links to Info / Stories about Mermaids
SOS: Searching Out Stories and Info about Mermaids
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BOOKS ABOUT MERMAIDS - CHILDREN

To retell these stories, obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
Book titles are in dark blue and underlined. Click on them to find out more about the books and how to buy them.
Alphabetized with short descriptions for your convenience and to save you research time.

FEATURED BOOK

How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids (Usborne Activities)
by Fiona Watt with Jan McCafferty and Howard Allman (illustrators).
(2005 - Ages 4-8)

This innovative guide is packed with easy ideas for drawing fairies and mermaids. Simple, step-by-step instructions show how to create fantastical fairylands and undersea worlds.


Book of Mermaids, A by Ruth Manning-Sanders, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1968.

Comb, the Flute and the Spinning Wheel, Four Abdallahs, Geese and the Golden Chain, Groach of the Isle of Lok, Kingdom of Ocean, Lake Maiden, Long John and the Mermaid, Lost Prince, Magic Lake, Magical Tune, Margrette, Merman Rosmer, Rake Up!, Sven and Lilli, Three Mermaids, Untidy Mermaid.

Disney Princess Little Golden Book Library, The (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White) by Golden Books. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
From Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White to Ariel, Jasmine, and Belle, this enchanting boxed set brings the most-beloved Disney Princesses together for fans and collectors alike.

Disney CD The Lion King, the Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Aladdin: Disney Cd Storybook (4-in-1 Disney Audio CD Storybooks) by Inc. Penton Overseas. Disney Audio CD Storybook.
(2004 - Ages 4-8)

Reader: "The CD that comes with the book has the full text, read and animated beautifully - the way the kids love to hear. The pictures and the quality of the pages are marvelous."

Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom! (Dora the Explorer (8x8)) by Artful Doodlers (author) and Michael Teitelbaum (adapter). (2007 - Ages 4-8)
A mean octopus has dumped garbage all over Mermaid Kingdom! The only way to save the mermaids is to find the magic crown! Come along with everyone's favorite explorer, Dora. Will she be able to save her ocean friends?


Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap) by Liz Kessler.
(2008 - Ages 9-12)

When Emily Windsnap discovers an old diamond ring during a class hunt for trinkets, how is she supposed to know that the ring is half the key to unlocking an ancient curse by Neptune himself?

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep (Emily Windsnap) by Liz Kessler with Sarah Gibb (illus). (2007 - Ages 9-12)

Picture an island set in a glittering blue sea, sparkling with white sand and palm trees, a secret place where humans and merfolk live together. But Emily ruins everything by waking a legendary sea monster known as the kraken from its hundred-year sleep.

Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry (authors) with Greg Call (illus). (2006 - Ages 4-8)

Little Scallop, a princess of the Mollusk tribe, disobeys her father and decides to go exploring beyond the immediate seashore with her best friends, Aqua and Surf, to rescue a mermaid friend.

Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine with David Christiana (illus). (2007 - Ages 9-12)

Tinker Bell and the other fairies of Neverland are off on a new adventure. They must procure a wand from the Great Wanded fairies in order to save their village from a flood. But wands can lead one astray.

Golden Axe and Other Folk Tales of Compassion and Greed, The by Ruth Stotter. (1998)

Fifty-six versions of a folktale collected in thirty countries and three American Indian nations. Puppet and play scripts, charts, a classroom game, story notes, and bibliographies of additional scripts and children's books based on this tale.

How To Draw Fairies And Mermaids (Usborne Activities) by Fiona Watt with Jan McCafferty and Howard Allman (illustrators). (2005 - Ages 4-8)

This innovative guide is packed with easy ideas for drawing fairies and mermaids. Simple, step-by-step instructions show how to create fantastical fairylands and undersea worlds.

Mermaid Purse, The by Rebecca Andrick Luhman. (2009 release scheduled)

This book will help children learn about the life cycle of Skates, a type of ray fish. The discarded egg pouches of the Skate, called Mermaid Purses, are often discovered on the beaches of the eastern seaboard. The peculiarity of these small black leathery sacs frequently elicits much curiosity and many questions from the children who discover them

Mermaids: An Enchanted World Book (Enchanted World) by Ruth Wickings. (2007 - Ages 4-8)

Meet Fairies, Wizards, Mermaids, and Witches in these brilliant new books, decorated with sparkling glitter and bursting with pop-up fun. The humorous rhymes will capture young imaginations and children will want to read these books time and time again.

Mermaids Tattoos (Temporary Tattoos) by Ruth Soffer. (1996 - Ages 4-8)

Images of 10 engaging creatures—all shown in delightful poses—will remain bright and colorful for days.

Mermaids' Tales by Ruth Ainsworth. (1997 - Ages 9-12)

Three mer-children living under the sea long to visit the wonderful world of the land.

Tail of Emily Windsnap, The by Liz Kessler with Sarah Gibb (illus). (2006 - Ages 9-12)

Emily Windsnap seems to be a typical English seventh-grader. However, when she dives into the water for her swim class, she finds that her legs feel funny but return to normal when she gets out. She later goes into the ocean and discovers she is a mermaid.

Tales From Pixie Hollow 2 (4 Copy Box Set) (Prilla and the Butterfly Lie, Masterpiece for Bess, Fira and the Full Moon, Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon) by Various with Disney Storybook Artists (illustrators) (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Never Land: Past the pirate ships and Peter Pan's secret hideaway is Pixie Hollow. Pixie Hollow is the Never Fairies' kingdom, and each fairy who lives there has a special talent.

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CDs and AUDIO CASSETTES ABOUT MERMAIDS

CD titles are in dark blue and underlined. Click on them to find out more about the CDs/Audios and how to buy them.
Alphabetized with short descriptions for your convenience and to save you research time.

FEATURED CD

The Mermaid's Shoes and Other Enchanted Tales
Recorded by Jenni Cargill, Australia

Sixty minutes of stories and songs and a four-page booklet holds lyrics and story information. Designed for children aged three years and up.

http://www.jennicargill.com.au/audiobook_children.html#Mermaids
or contact Jenni directly at
http://www.jennicargill.com.au/

Disney's Karaoke Series: Little Mermaid (2006)

Good karaoke version of the songs plus added bonuses. Expected more songs from the Little Mermaid but I guess including other songs from her Disney friends made up for it.

Disney's The Little Mermaid (2008 Original Broadway Cast) (2008)

Listener: To everyone considering buying the Original Cast Album of Disney's newest Broadway musical, DO NOT HESITATE.

Disney's the Little Mermaid (Disney's Read Along Collection) (2008 - Ages 4-8)

Features stories of Ariel and her friends under the sea. The product contains three beautifully illustrated storybooks. This timeless Read-Along provides word for word narration of the stories encouraging independent reading.


Faerie Tale Theatre - The Little Mermaid, starring John Achorn, Shelley Duvall.
(2004 - DVD release)

This is a heartbreaking story of selfless love and sacrifice, as Pearl, a beautiful young mermaid, risks everything for true love... produced by Faerie Tale Theatre.

Little Mermaid (2006)

There's no topping the Oscar-winning calypso show-stopper, "Under the Sea"--in which a Caribbean crab convinces you that "Darlin' it's better/Down where it's wetter." Other songs, just as delightful, are even more impressive in the context of the movie.

Little Mermaid, The (Golden Films), directed by Diane Eskenazi. (1992 - DVD)

Like in many other Disney and GoodTimes films, a few sidekicks are added for comic relief and to add a sense of friendship and companionship into the movie; Bink, the dolphin, is Lena's best friend, but at the same time is an important character in the story.

Princess Favorites (2002)

This collection of Disney favorites is fit for a queen, with songs from Aladdin, Mulan, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Cinderella II.


Sing the Broadway Musical: The Little Mermaid (2008)

There are 38 tracks on this album: Tracks 1-19 contain the background tracks and guide vocals; tracks 20-38 contain the accompaniment tracks alone. This album is a re-recording in the original show key and show tempo.

Timeless Tales: The Little Mermaid. (2007)

This animated classic tells the tale of the famous Hans Christian Anderson story of Ariel, The Little Mermaid. Ariel is dissatisfied with life in the sea and longs to be with the humans above the surface. She seeks out the banished Sea Witch, Ursula, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father.

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MERMAID TOYS, GAMES, COSTUMES and GIFTS

Product names are in dark blue and underlined. Click on them to find out about the products and how to buy them.
Alphabetized with short descriptions for your convenience and to save you research time.

FEATURED GIFT

Make A Mermaid Doll Kit


Hey, all you Mermaid lovers ! You'll really flip your tail for this great kit. Easy-to-make mermaid doll Give her a name and make it official with her own birth certificate No pins or needles required Soft doll is approx. 8.5" H For ages 8 and up A great gift idea !

Ariel Costume: Tiara - Child's One Size Fits All

Isn't it grand? Ariel tiara features blue, purple and white beads with a purple feather and an Ariel medallion. The perfect headpiece for the princess of the sea. 5".

Ariel Deluxe Jelly Shoes (Child)

Our Disney Princess purple and green slip-ons with 2" heels have accents such as green sequins, clear beads, purple maribou, and a silver Ariel cameo. The perfect accessory for our Ariel, The Little Mermaid Costume. and great for dress-up too!. Ages 3+

Ariel Wig

Be the beauty from under the sea! Ariel wig features long flowing red hair. One size fits most children.

CHILD Cute Little Mermaid Costume for Girls

This is a Great Mermaid! Includes Sequin and Lurex mermaid dress and Headband with Foam Seashells! (Packaging may say "includes hairclips" - This is just old packaging, you will receive the Seashell Headband as pictured here).

Child's Toddler Mermaid Halloween Costume (2-4T)

Makes a great Halloween costume
Costume comes with sequin and lurex character dress
Also includes four matching seashell hair clips; fits most toddlers 2-4T

Disneys Little Mermaid Ariel Deluxe Wand for Costume

Ariel Wand Costume Accessories are the best way to complete that look!! The Little Mermaid Ariel Wand will finish off that Disney Princess Halloween costume perfectly.

Disney Princess LITTLE MERMAID - ViewMaster 3 Reel Set

The romantic adventure above and below the sea, as Ariel, the mermaid princess, falls in love with Eric, a human prince. Relive the excitement and enjoy the fun with 21 3D pictures. Reels fit all View-Master viewers. Disney's animated 3D images.

Disney Princess Ariel Little Mermaid Magical Talking Salon & Vanity

Using voice-recognition technology, your child can actually talk to Ariel and hear her respond. Little girls will be delighted when they see Ariel's face "magically" appear in the mirror. Ariel's Beauty Salon is loaded with beauty and styling accessories for countless hours of pretend play.

Disney Princess Ariel Little Mermaid Wig

Recommended for ages 3 and up. Wig is fashioned with bright red long hair just like Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

Disney The Little Mermaid Figurine Set

7 characters from The Little Mermaid: Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Flounder, Sebastian & Ursula, the Sea Witch.

Mermaid Adult Party Outfit Costume

People have always been fascinated with mermaids and now they will be fascinated with you. This Mermaid Costume features a fitted gown with shimmer stretch corset top, sequin skirt with ruffled organza fin plus sequin starfish headpiece.

Polly Pocket Sea Chic Boutique

An undersea world of adventure awaits! Polly is dressed in a shimmering mermaid tail -- or mix it up with her cute beach fashions. Great for travel, bath and pool time. Comes in a zippered vinyl carry bag. Includes tons of sea friends, swim and snorkeling accessories, sea shells and even a treasure chest.

V Tech - V.Smile Smartridge Disney's The Little Mermaid

As kids explore the enchanting world under the sea, they engage in challenging games and activities that teach key school skills like vocabulary, counting, problem solving and more. Eight clever learning adventures.

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MERMAID JEWELRY

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Alphabetized with short descriptions for your convenience and to save you research time.

Danish Mermaid Charm by Rembrandt Charms

The Danish Mermaid Charm by Rembrandt Charms is hand-polished with a High Polish finish. The charm shape is 3D. Every Rembrandt charm comes with a heavy-duty jump ring that can be twisted open and easily attached by you. All Rembrandt Charms are guaranteed for life.

Mermaid Brunette Travel Jewelry Case

This case is a wonderful and classy way to transport your gems. The case is constructed of satin brushed steel measuring 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/4 (in inches) with lining inside to protect your delicate jewels. Great for a get-away weekend or your sports bag.

Mermaid with Starfish Pin from the Artazia Collection #672 GP OP

Each piece is truly like a miniature artwork, the intricate design is hand painted and set within a very light stainless steel frame. Austrian crystals, beads and a variety of other materials are delicately assembled and set in artists resin resulting in a beautifully finished and durable piece.

Mermaid's Tears.
Jewelry designs. According to Patricia Larzelier, the original glass was most commonly glass telephone insulators, apothecary bottles, 7-Up bottles, Noxema and Vicks jars, Milk of Magnesia bottles, Coca-Cola bottles, beer bottles and old canning jars. Over many years, the tides and sand have worn the broken glass down to perfect, smooth surfaces.
seaglass@whidbey.com
http://www.themermaidstears.com/

Moveable Sterling Silver Sea Nymph Mermaid Pendant on Black Cord Necklace

This Detailed Mermaid Pendant has a Moveable Tail and is Wearing a Crystal Bikini.

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant

Crafted of fine sterling silver. High polished finish.
Features: Sterling silver necklace that features a textured mermaid pendant. Includes an 18-inch Cable Chain.

Sterling Silver Antiqued Mermaid Pendant

Sterling Silver Antiqued Mermaid Pendant - 2.5 Grams in Sterling Silver - - FREE gift-ready jewelry box.

Sterling Silver Antiqued Mermaid on Anchor Pendant

Sterling Silver Antiqued Mermaid on Anchor Pendant - 2.8 Grams in Sterling Silver - - FREE gift-ready jewelry box.

Sterling Silver Wrapped Sea Nymph Mermaid Ring

A Maiden of the Sea looks as though she is wrapped around your finger and resting cozily on her own tail.

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ONLINE LINKS TO INFO / STORIES ABOUT MERMAIDS

Online links are in light blue and underlined. Click on them to go to the Internet for more info or stories.
Alphabetized with short descriptions for your convenience and to save you research time.


Cambodian Folktale
Hanuman and Sovann Macha (The Monkey and The Mermaid)
http://tinyurl.com/6ao9dv

• Cornish Folk Tales: The Bold Mermaid
http://www.beautiful-mermaid-art.com/cornish-folk-tales.html

Fisherlad, The and the Mermaid's Ring (Scotland)
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/stories/fisherlad_scotland.html

• Legends and Folktales / Leyendas & Cuentos Populares: The Mermaid
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=mermaid+folktales&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

• Little Mermaid, The - from Encyclopedia Mythica
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/folklore/folktales/articles/little_mermaid.html

• Little Mermaid, The - from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Mermaid

• Mermaid art
http://www.artpromote.com/mermaid.shtml

Mermaid of Laane, The (Finland)
http://www.beautiful-mermaid-art.com/finnish-folk-tales.html

• Mermaid Art Gallery
http://www.daviddelamare.com/mermaids.html

Mermaid of Zennor, The (Cornwall) from Legends & Folk Tales
http://legends-folktales.blogspot.com/2007/08/village-of-zennor-lies-upon-windward.html

• Mermaid Parade
http://www.coneyisland.com/mermaid.shtml

• Mermaid Posters and Prints
http://www.art.com/asp/display-asp/_/id--7575/Mermaids.htm

Mermaid Wife, The from D.L. Ashliman (8 stories listed)
The Mermaid Wife (Shetland Islands, The Silkie Wife (Shetland and Orkney Islands), Herman Perk and the Seal (Shetland Islands), The Sealskin (Iceland), Touched by Iron (Wales), Tom Moore and the Seal (Ireland), The Lady of Gollerus (Ireland), and Links to related sites.
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type4080.html

• Mermaids - a wonderful site for stories, information and links.
http://www.MERMAIDZZ.COM/thelittlemermaidcover

• Mysterious Britain & Ireland: Mysteries, Legends & the Paranormal
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/folklore/mermaids.html

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SOS: SEARCHING OUT STORIES and INFO ABOUT MERMAIDS
INPUT FROM STORYTELLERS, TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS

To retell these stories, obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
Book titles are in dark blue and underlined. Click on them to find out more about the books and how to buy them.
Online links are in light blue and underlined. Click on them to go to the Internet for more info or stories.
Listed in chronological order as they are received by Story Lovers World.

1) I shared The Mermaid's Tears at the NSN. My story is inspired by the jewelry artist on Whidbey Island.
I want to tell you a story about a mermaid. Sailors have sighted mermaids since recorded time. Did you know Christopher Columbus wrote in his diary that he saw mermaids? Did you know that Henry Hudson's ship log reports a mermaid sighting? But mermaid sightings are not common in Washington State and British Columbia. We have sasquatchs in the Cascade Mountains and Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia---but no mermaids. Unless you count the ones on the Starbuck signs. Except for once--when a mermaid fell in love with a captain and followed his tall-masted schooner into British Columbia. Some say the ship was the Discovery and the Captain was Captain Cook, who had sailed from the South Sea islands to find the Northwest Passage. Some say the Captain was a Spaniard who sailed north to trade for otter skins. One dark night, a storm ripped the sails and cracked the masts of the schooner. The captain sought safety in Friendly Cove of Vancouver Island. The mermaid was swimming alongside. The ship heeled in the violent wind, the captain lost his hold on the wheel and almost tumbled into the sea. In an instant, the mermaid rose up and calmed the wind and tamed the waves. She saved the life of a man she loved. But, Poseidon, the ruler of the sea, heard that the mermaid calmed a storm. Poseidon was a petulant and peevish god; creating earthquakes and storms were his birthright. He was indignant that the mermaid had claimed his privilege. He told her,"You are banished to the bottom of the sea. Never surface again." To this day, the mermaid sobs in the depths of the sea--never to feel the sunshine, never to swim beside the ships. And her tears wash up on the beaches of Puget Sound as beach glass. I have gathered her tears on the beach in front on my house. I have brought them to share with you. Take a tear back to your homes in the deserts and the prairies and the mountains and remember the mermaid and her true love. [Hand out a bowl of "tears" so that each person can take one.]


2) Another version of The Mermaid's Tears:
The Gift of the Mermaid,
Celtic, Brittany, retold by Ruth Stotter as written in The Golden Axe and Other Folk Tales of Compassion and Greed, 1998.
Bones of this version: A long time ago, mermaids would rise from the waves on the Breton shores to comb their long hair on moonlit nights. Sometimes they would came ashore in daylight and spread out on the sand their beautiful white linens covered with precious treasures---pearl necklaces, rings of all kinds, and jewels. If anyone approached, they would wrap up their treasures and quickly dive into the sea. One day two young girls were walking along the beach gathering shells. They were surprised and excited to see a mermaid so busy playing with her treasure that she did not notice them. They tiptoed toward her. When they were right in front of her, she looked up, but she did not grab her treasure and plunge into the sea. Instead she gave each of them a gift in a small white linen cloth, making them promise not to open it until they got home. She then waved and dove into the sea. One of the girls could not wait and opened her linen right away. She found nothing but dirt. The other girl waited until she got home and found her linen full of sparkling jewels. [You can then open a linen cloth and reveal your own choice of "treasures."]
For fast orders, you may contact Ruth Stotter directly at r.stotter@comcast.net .


3) Glass floats are classified based on several attributes. Including; shape, size and color. Let's examine a few examples, from the most common to the least common. If you would like to learn more, there are a few websites on the subject.

Color. Glass floats come in many different colors, ranging from clear to dark frosted colors. Asian floats commonly were in the blue color range. Don't discount anything, though. On any given day a manufacturer may have been feeling a bit moody and could have mixed up something different.

Shapes. Round. Spherical glass floats are the most common. They may not be a perfectly shaped round ball, but basically round.

Rolling Pin. Rolling pin floats or sometimes refered to as rollers are also fairly common. Quite a few of these are found on the Oregon Coast. They are smaller in size, thus many have survived their lonely voyage on the sea. The larger size rolling pin type floats usually do not survive. If you do find a larger rolling pin float, cherish it. It's a keeper. Some are as small as 4" inches long.

Nets. Some floats are found with nets. This is the way they all start out. All round floats had nets, but as they get battered by the sea and weather, the nets deteriorate and are lost forever. During the '50s and '60s there were more oppurtunities to find them with nets. Yet they are still, but rarely, found with nets.

Typically Rolling Pin Style floats did not have nets, instead were simply attached with a rope around the protruding knob. This of course was an advantage over the round floats, with ropes tied to the knobs on the ends of the floats.


4) The Lorelei Legend
Query: "Have you ever heard of a myth or legend about a sea godess called Lora Lei? I am not sure of the spelling.
Response: Not die (dye), as in death, but die (dee) as in the German "the".
Die Lorelei is a poem by Heinrich Heine which I can still recite in German. The following translations I got online. I know the story, but am not up to translating it poetically.

I don't know what it may signify
That I am so sad;
There's a tale from ancient times
That I can't get out of my mind.

The air is cool and the twilight is falling
and the Rhine is flowing quietly by;
the top of the mountain is glittering
in the evening sun.

The loveliest maiden is sitting
Up there, wondrous to tell.
Her golden jewelry sparkles
as she combs her golden hair

She combs it with a golden comb
and sings a song as she does,
A song with a peculiar,
powerful melody.

It seizes upon the boatman in his small boat
With unrestrained woe;
He does not look below to the rocky shoals,
He only looks up at the heights.

If I'm not mistaken, the waters
Finally swallowed up fisher and boat;
And with her singing
The Lorelei did this.

Another translation:
I cannot determine the meaning
Of sorrow that fills my breast:
A fable of old, through it streaming,
Allows my mind no rest.
The air is cool in the gloaming
And gently flows the Rhine.
The crest of the mountain is gleaming
In fading rays of sunshine.

The loveliest maiden is sitting
Up there, so wondrously fair;
Her golden jewelry is glist'ning;
She combs her golden hair.
She combs with a gilded comb, preening,
And sings a song, passing time.
It has a most wondrous, appealing
And pow'rful melodic rhyme.

The boatman aboard his small skiff, -
Enraptured with a wild ache,
Has no eye for the jagged cliff, -
His thoughts on the heights fear forsake.
I think that the waves will devour
Both boat and man, by and by,
And that, with her dulcet-voiced power
Was done by the Loreley.


5) Query: Does anyone have the reference, the bones, or the complete story about two girls who see a mermaid? I don't know what they did but the good girl was given gifts and the bad girl was given either nothing or bad things. Marilyn K. 4/9/06
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Response: I tell a version of the story from Brittany. I cannot find my source for the tale - I think it got zapped when my computer got a virus about a month ago. Bare bones: Two girls walking along a beach, see a mermaid combing her hair and combing the gifts of the sea out onto seaweed. Girls come close but don't ant to scare her. The three talk, and before slipping back into sea, mermaid gives each girl a piece of seaweed, which looks like fine linen, with some of the gifts of the sea in each one. Admonishes each girl not to look at gifts until home. First girl stops halfway home and looks at her gifts - seaweed linen has turned back to seaweed and only sand inside. Other girl waits until home, opens the linen and finds gems, gold coins, true gifts that had been caught in mermaid's hair. Moral: listening and doing as you are told, is always positive.
Melanie P. 4/9/06
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Response: This sounds like a version of the French Folktale, Toads and Diamonds by Charlotte S. Huck and Anita Lobel (illus), adapted from the original by Charles Perrault. However, there is no mermaid in the tale, but an old woman who bestows the gifts. Here is a version: SurLaLune Fairy Tales: The Annotated Diamonds and Toads
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/index.html

• I think I found it. The story is actually called The Three Mermaids. It is an Italian folktale. You can find it in A Book of Mermaids by Ruth Manning Sanders on page 25. There are indeed two young ladies, step sisters. One is kind, the other mean. The good one is named Ceclia and the other Grannizia.

In the Italian version the daughter who is mean is punished by the mermaids, not for being curious, but for being greedy, cruel, unkind and selfish. She is a very unpleasant soul. Think of the wicked stepsisters in Cinderella multiplied and you get the picture. The ill treatment she receives from the Mermaids was well deserved.
Karen C. 4/9/06
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Response: Check out Ruth Stotter's Book, The Golden Axe and Other Folk Tales of Compassion and Greed. It's in there, called The Gift of the Mermaid, p. 63. It's credited, no surprise, as Celtic, Brittany.
Gwyn C. 4/9/06
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Response: Cricket Magazine published a version of this story during the late 80's, I think. Anyway, in their version, which they stated was a folktale from the coast of Brittany, the girls rescue the "Lady of the Sea" from drowning.  The Lady awakens, rewards the girls with small cloths, and the story is the same from there on out. I always use the story as a lesson in obedience, giving the girls a bit of conversation with one complaining about their new teacher who is always "telling them what to do." The girl who ends up with the treasure (I always have a hankie in my pocket to show/hold up a chadelier crystal for all to see) ends the story with saying, "Some days it just pays to obey."
Mel D. 4/10/06
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Response: In the version I know, the greedy sister is punished because she is told not to look at the gift until she reaches home, as the gift is for her whole family. When she opens it before reaching home, wanting it all for herself, it is turned to sand. Easier to support than just "do as you are told".

A teller I know also tosses out fake pearls to the audience at the end of the story. I don't do this, as it is impossible for all to get one, but I thought it an interesting idea.
Cathryn F. 4/11/06


6) The Lorelei is one of the stories included in the Libraries Unlimited resource book,
Treasures from Europe: Stories and Classroom Activities, (edited by Flora Joy).
Wendy Welch

Find more about Wendy and Jack at
http://www.scottishsongandstory.co.uk


7) The Mermaid
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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