Folklore, Mythology & Legends

Campbell, K.G. (Keith Gordon)
  Mermaid and the Shoe, the / K.G. Campbell.
In this delightful picture book, Minnow seems to be the only one of King Neptune's fifty mermaid daughters who has no particular skill or accomplishments. That is, except for her persistence in asking many, many questions. "Why don't crabs have fins?" "Where do bubbles go?" "What lies beyond the kingdom?" But one day, as Minnow is drifting in the ocean all alone, a single red woman's shoe, "the loveliest thing she'd ever seen," floats toward her seemingly from out of nowhere. Never having seen a shoe before, Willow becomes intrigued by what it might be. When no one in the kingdom can tell her, she sets off on a quest to find out and, along the way, uncovers answers to many of the things that have been vexing her, including what her true purpose is! Award-winning author and illustrator K. G. Campbell beautifully captures the watery world of his mermaids with soft blues and grays, long hair rippling in the currents and lots of bubbles. Young readers will chuckle knowingly at Minnow's misinterpretations of the world "at the edge of the kingdom, where bubbles burst and the above place began," as they delight in her discovery of what the shoe is used for. With the feel of a fairy tale, this is a fun and humorous story with a wonderful message appropriate for character education lessons about the value of believing in yourself and the power of perseverance when you are searching for answers to life's most important questions.
  c. Kids Can Press, 2014
  ISBN-10: 1554537711
  ISBN-13: 978-1554537716

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Climo, Shirley.
  Treasury of Mermaids, a / Shirley Climo.

Lavishly designed and illustrated, this beautiful book is the definitive collection of mermaid lore. A catch of international mermaids, from a Japanese ningyo and a Swiss nix to an Irish merrow and an Alaskan nuquot swim through the pages of this elegant volume.
  c. Tegen Other, 1997.
  ISBN-10: 0060238763
  ISBN-13: 978-0060238766

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Mackay, Janis.
  Selkie Girl, the / Retelling by Janis Mackay; Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane. - Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales Series.
Fergus lives with his father by the sea, but is lonely. He wants a friend more than anything. One day Fergus finds treasure on the beach: a beautiful fur blanket hidden in the rocks. But Fergus doesn't know that his treasure belongs to someone else - a selkie girl has lost her seal skin and can't go home to the sea without it. Will Fergus give his new friend what she needs, and risk being lonely again? This is a lovely retelling of the traditional Scottish folk tale of the selkie (a seal who can become human) adapted for a young audience. Beautifully written by storyteller and selkie storyteller Janis Mackay, the tale is accompanied by stunning illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane. The Selkie Girl is one of the first titles released in the new Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children.
Floris Books, 2014.
  •    ISBN-10: 1782501304
  •    ISBN-13: 978-1782501305

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Manning-Sanders, Ruth.

  Book of Mermaids, a / Ruth Manning-Sanders.
Stories about mermaids come from almost every country by the sea--from Iceland to India, America to Arabia. In these sixteen stories, Ruth Manning-Sanders captures the quirky personalities of mermaids and mermen, recounting their marvelous schemes and adventures with a master story-teller's eye for detail. This beloved and classic work, with stunning illustrations by Robin Jacques, has been out of print for decades. All fans of mermaid lore will celebrate this new, affordable paperback edition.
  c. E.P. Dutton, 1970
  • ISBN-10: 052526941X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525269410

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