The Resource The little mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen ; with pictures by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated from the Danish by Anthea Bell

The little mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen ; with pictures by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated from the Danish by Anthea Bell

Label
The little mermaid
Title
The little mermaid
Statement of responsibility
Hans Christian Andersen ; with pictures by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated from the Danish by Anthea Bell
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • dan
  • eng
Summary
A little sea princess, longing to be human, trades her mermaid's tail for legs, hoping to win the love of a prince and earn an immortal soul for herself
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Review
  • Gr 3-6 –Bell provides a smooth and accurate translation of Andersen's moralistic tale of a little mermaid who saves a prince from drowning, then gives up her own life to ensure his happiness. The cover illustration showing the little mermaid pulling the prince to shore sets the tone for the story to come. Soft blues and greens predominate in Zwerger's impressionist watercolors, but she has added some eye-catching spots of color to the people, buildings, and boats. There is also color in the many small illustrations of fish and other sea creatures that appear throughout, adding a bit of brightness to the narrative's heavy-handed emphasis on suffering and death, and breaking the monotony of pages packed with text. Sentences printed in colored type serve as captions for the larger paintings. This version will be appreciated by an older, more sophisticated audience than Rachel Isadora's condensed retelling (Putnam, 1998) with its warmly colored, more realistic scenes.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH --Susan Scheps (Reviewed December 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 12, p96)
  • /* Starred Review */ As she has with previous interpretations of classics, Zwerger (Alice in Wonderland ) works from Bell's faithful translation of Andersen's text, with no happily ever after. Here the mermaid must watch her beloved prince marry another, knowing that she herself will die the following day. Zwerger's exquisite watercolors bring to life the mermaid's world. At a window in the castle of her father, the sea king, the mermaid gazes out into the blue-green distance, wondering what life above must be like; while fish dart in and out, she pets one absently. Watery meadows of jade and turquoise suggest empty silence and foreshadow the mermaid's sacrifice to the sea witch—in exchange for a human form, the heroine must trade her voice, "a lovelier voice than anyone on earth or in the sea." Zwerger represents the mermaid's shunning of her undersea home with a depiction of her overgrown garden, once the heroine's pride and joy. Other memorable scenes, framed in a white border, depict the mermaid towing the prince to shore after a shipwreck and, later, as dawn breaks on the day she is to turn to sea foam, the mermaid looks resolute, clothed in a glorious golden gown that resembles fish scales. Zwerger's parting scene, an aerial view of the prince's ship sailing away, amplifies the bittersweet yet redemptive conclusion, in which the little mermaid, now a "child of the air," may earn an immortal soul. The illustrations may well provide endless hours of reverie. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 6, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 36, p61)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
131335
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1805-1875
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Andersen, H. C.
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
1130L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
6.0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Zwerger, Lisbeth
  • Bell, Anthea
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairy tales
  • Children's stories, Danish
  • Mermaids
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The little mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen ; with pictures by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated from the Danish by Anthea Bell
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Minedition book"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
  • Jubilee edition /
  • 200 years Hans Chrtistian Andersen ; 50 years Lisbeth Zwerger.
Extent
42 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780698400016
Lccn
2004052426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780698400016
Other physical details
color illustrations, color frontispiece, illustrations on endpapers
Label
The little mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen ; with pictures by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated from the Danish by Anthea Bell
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Minedition book"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
  • Jubilee edition /
  • 200 years Hans Chrtistian Andersen ; 50 years Lisbeth Zwerger.
Extent
42 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780698400016
Lccn
2004052426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780698400016
Other physical details
color illustrations, color frontispiece, illustrations on endpapers

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