Reviews for Treasury of Mermaids : Mermaid Tales from Around the World


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 November 1997
Gr. 4^-8. If you thought having Mary Pope Osborne's Mermaid Tales from around the World (1993) meant that you would not need to buy any more mermaid tales for a while, think again. This new set of eight stories expands our collective knowledge of mermaid and merpeople folktales. The two books overlap in the retelling of an Irish tale, but the versions are interestingly different and may be fun for older students to compare. Climo's lyrical use of language and the dramatic, full-page color illustrations by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng make the book a strong choice for older readers, and because the stories come from around the world, the book will also be of use in multicultural units. Notes are appended. ((Reviewed November 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
These eight stories from Japan, Alaska, New Zealand, and several European countries feature quite a variety of merfolk, including one merman. The source notes and the introductions preceding each tale offer additional mermaid lore. The full-page color illustrations--one per story--show some dramatic encounters between merfolk and human beings. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 October
Climo has selected eight highly readable folktales from countries as far apart as Iceland and New Zealand and from cultures as diverse as Scotland and Japan. She includes both the familiar, such as "Odysseus and the Sirens," and the unusual, such as "Hansi and the Nix," with moods ranging from the humorous "Mrs. Fitzgerald the Merrow" to the heartrending "Pania of the Reef." Each tale begins with a one-page description of the story's motif and its place in the world of mermaid lore. The selections are approximately six pages each in length and are told in flowing language that is both easy to read and pleasant to hear. The plot lines are logical and the characters are clearly delineated within their cultural parameters. Words such as "ukpik" (Alaskan for "owl") and "kopu" (Maori for "morning star") are italicized and explained in context, while an appendix gives pertinent source notes. The Tsengs' full-page watercolors capture the subtle colors of the creatures' watery environs while including details of both the settings and the tales' cultural backgrounds. Smaller and simpler pen-and-ink drawings focus on critical moments within each story. As with the author's A Treasury of Princesses (HarperCollins, 1996), this collection does a fine job of gathering a variety of tales into one place, and it is sure to satisfy young mermaid fans and add greatly to their knowledge of the lore (and lure) of these mythical creatures. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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