The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

by Hans Christian Andersen


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On the Little Mermaid's fifteenth birthday she visits the world above the sea for the first time and falls in love with a prince whom she rescues from a storm....
Capturing the magic and cruelty of Hans Christian Andersen's original tale, this powerful new version reveals the spectacle of the worlds below and above the sea, and the sadness of unfulfilled romance between a mermaid and a prince.
A touring production by Sphinx Theatre Company opened at Greenwich Theatre in September 2004.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781724743503
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/12/2018
Pages: 42
Sales rank: 491,404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 3 - 9 Years

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen is revered worldwide for his more than 160 fairy tales, including many cherished favorites such as The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Ducking. Lisbeth Zwerger is one of the most highly regarded illustrators of children’s books and was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1990 to recognize her lifetime contribution to children’s literature. She is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including The Little Mermaid and Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator who has translated numerous Cornelia Funke novels and many Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen stories, including The Pied Piper of Hamelin and The Snow Queen.

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Table of Contents

  • Daughters Of Triton
  • Fathoms Below
  • Kiss The Girl
  • Les Poissons
  • Part Of Your World
  • Part Of Your World (Reprise)
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls
  • Under The Sea
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    The Little Mermaid 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was an excellent little story. It was well written and is a good story, if you get past the fact that the mermaid does not end up with the prince, and she cuts out her tongue for the sea witch. Overall, a good read(if not a sad one).
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This version of "The Little Mermaid" varies greatly from the cute Disney version that we all know and love. However, it should because this is the original version of the tale and was not suppose to have the happy fairytale ending that all Disney movies contain. This version should not be compared to the Disney movie whatsoever because they are two seperate stories.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Is this book sad?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Lovw this book
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is an old classic, and a great book, but it is morbid. Hans wrote great books but some had things that were not so child friendly. For example, the little mermaid has her tung cut out, but in the movie she just loses her voice. I recommend ages 9+. If you still want to read this to your child, read it first so you will know what I mean. Other than that, its perfect. Great story, great plot, great ending. - Cleo Setori, Nook reviewer?
    Ginac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This classic tale from Hans Christian Anderson tells the story of a young mermaid who dreams of becoming human. Originally written in 1837, this story is quite different in tone from the Disney version, which many children (and adults) will immediately think of when mentioning the title. While I was reading this story, I found myself constantly comparing it to the Disney film, even though I really didn¿t mean too. Consequently, I think this affected my opinion of the original story because I found it to be too `dark¿ for children and not really something that I would read to my kids. However, keeping in mind that it was written almost two hundred years ago, this type of story was likely considered as nothing too unusual. As a matter of personal preference though, I¿ll stick with the Disney version.
    cwollan09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Genre: Fairy TaleCharacterization: 5 StarsReview: The little mermaid dreamed of spending life ashore and was willing to give up her comfortable home life to live on land. This book is a good example of a fairy tale because it is literature that has been passed down through generations by people retelling them.Media: colored pencils
    skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Hans Christian Anderson¿s version of the Little Mermaid is darker than the Disney version. This in my opinion made it much more enjoyable. It is the classic tale of a mermaid who falls in love with a prince and makes sacrifices to win him. Unlike the Disney version, the little mermaid doesn¿t win the prince and stay human. Instead she chooses not to kill him and save her life. She plunges into the sea where she becomes a daughter of the air. Her choices gave her the ability to gain a soul and after 300 years her soul would go to heaven. This was an absolutely beautiful book.
    DHARDY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is a modern day story of the Little Mermaid who is fascinated with life above water and being human in order to have an eternal soul. She gives the sea witch her beautiful voice in order to meet the prince, marry, and gain her eternal soul. When this fails she is turned into foam but because of her unselfishness is giving a chance to gain her soul after all. I like the way the author selects his words to describe the environment above and below the sea. It¿s very close to the traditional story with a twist; her main goal is gaining her soul. It's a lovely and touching story about love and sacrifice as shown by the princess when she did not harm the prince because of her love for him and her ability to gain her soul from her unselfish sacrifice which is what she wanted.I believe this story could be used during creative writing, having children explore traditional stories and give it their own twist.
    AndreaByrnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    "The Little Mermaid" is a popular fairy tale by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love the book u should read it
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    One of the best books i have ever read but it is sad. by lily skelton
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely loved this book. It is so dang cute and its a quick read.I am 13 but i still love to read fairy tales, especially this one. I definately recomend thus to all ages!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    My favorite story by Hans Christian Anderson.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was a good book but why did she give the sea witch her tong? The movie was way better than this. Thank you for reading this ~Forever76247~
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    You are nice twinklestar876
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Mermaids are real but some pepol think there not real.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Although i knew that this book would not be like disney's the little mermaid it was a very interesting book and i quite liked it My only concern is the amount of typos in it ;)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago