The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid s universal longing for freedom independence and love is made real by Santore s sensitive presentation School Library Journal said The opulent full page watercolors are a perfect

  • Title: The Little Mermaid
  • Author: Charles Santore Hans Christian Andersen
  • ISBN: 9780517064955
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid s universal longing for freedom, independence, and love is made real by Santore s sensitive presentation School Library Journal said, The opulent full page watercolors are a perfect complement to this stylish and authentic interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen s fairy tale.

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    1. AhmedEjaz

      By now, I should be saying that I am used to reading Anderson's bitter-sweet tales. After all, I have read many of them. BUT HELL NO! I can't say it. The only reason I still read his tales is because his writing style is so vivid and beautiful. I am kind of addicted to his writing in such a way that I must have a dose of it once in a while.This tale is my favourite as far as description of scenes are concerned. He has a way with imagining awesome scenes. But for plot, I think almost every tale o [...]

    2. Jean

      The Little Mermaid, or "Den lille havfrue" is one of the most famous fairy tales by the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. It is a tale which has captured the imagination, sparking off numerous adaptations, and a ballet version of it inspired a statue which sits on a rock in the Copenhagan harbour in Langelinie. Even though the statue is quite small, it has itself become a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.The tale was first published in 1837, along with "The Emperor's New Clot [...]

    3. Dominique

      Hmm I think it´s wrong to compare it with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, although I didn´t expected Andersen´s version was so what shall I call it f*cked up The point of view of the Little Mermaid herself was wonderful, she was sweet and good-hearted. But the prince, omg! Why would you love such a person?! I mean:The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion.What is she?! A dog?! And the ending was an anticl [...]

    4. Matt

      In Andersen's version of the tale, at the bottom of the sea, five mermaid princesses lived with their father. While they all pined to go to the surface to explore, none of this was permitted until their fifteenth birthdays. One by one, the mermaids ascended on their fifteenth birthdays to explore the outside world, returning with wonderful tales. The youngest is the most excited of all, making her way to the surface, only to help a prince who falls into the sea during a storm. From that day forw [...]

    5. Carlos De Eguiluz

      Desamor y tragedia, de eso está repleto este relato, lo opuesto a esa encantadora versión con la que crecí.

    6. Jonnie

      Hah. This is going to be like the ragequit of book reviews.*calm deep breaths* *inhale* *exhale* *googling pictures of fluffy kittens*WHAT THE FUCK HANS? WHAT THE FUCK! No no no no no. NO.I need to bleach this version from my SOUL. Hans, I'M TAWKING TO YOU. Rise up out of your 140 year old grave right now AND FIX THIS SHIT. I'm hunting down the original, and setting it on fire. Or at the very least writing Sebastian into your story. YOU CAN'T HAVE THE LITTLE MERMAID WITHOUT THE SASSY JAMAICAN CR [...]

    7. Kathryn

      A hauntingly beautiful story paired with achingly gorgeous illustrations! I'm sorry to say that this is the first time I've read the "actual" story of the Little Mermaid, previously acquainted only with very general retellings and the Disney movie version (which is delightful in its way). This version purports to be closest to Andersen's original as it makes only slight adaptations from the mid-19th century translation by Mary Howitt, a correspondent and friend of Andersen who introduced his wor [...]

    8. Britany

      Wow-- I knew this would be drastically different the the flame colored heroine of Disney's creation, but I don't know that I was prepared for this. For most of the book (almost 3/4) the story remains mostly the same. A young daughter of a widowed merman and her grandmother are raising her and her multitude of sister mermaids. On her 16th birthday, she spies a prince on a ship and then rescues his life from the sea. She also makes a trade with the sea witch, but the terms of the deal are much mor [...]

    9. Anne

      The Little Mermaid I grew up with was a sweet and cheerful red head who I could sing along and be happy with, be happy for. She was one of Disney's greatest mutation projects, a character most kids born after the year 1989 would be most familiar with - that was the year of the adaptation of the originally dark and doleful tale of the youngest mer-daughter of the royal underwater empire into something much more luminous and chipper. Don't get me wrong, I loved and lived the Disney concept as a li [...]

    10. Simona

      Rating: 3/5Întotdeauna am fost atrasă de desenele animate, iar cele clasice, care m-au însoțit de-a lungul copilăriei, sunt printre preferatele mele. Unul dintre acestea este cel cu Mica sirenă, despre care sunt sigură că mai toată lumea a auzit. Nu știam povestea originală, și devenisem curioasă dacă aceasta se aseamănă sau nu cu desenele în care o regăsim pe Ariel.Mi-au plăcut cum arată cărțile ilustrate pentru copii de la Editura Univers Enciclopedic, iar printre ele a [...]

    11. Paula W

      There isn't much to like about this story. A young mermaid finds out she doesn't have a soul and will end up as nothing more than sea foam after her death, so she goes about stalking a human she hopes will fall in love with her and give her part of his soul. Which could work, I guess, if she hadn't gotten her tongue cut out or if the human didn't see her as a pet instead of a serious love interest. He even had her sleeping outside his room on a cushion. ͡¯\_(°_o)_/¯

    12. Nalia

      “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.” I actually re-read this, i've read this once i was a kid. Basically, i grew up with Hans Christian Andersen's book and The Little Mermaid is always be my favorite. If you know the little mermaid from Disney then think the ending was happy ending and they live happily ever after, you can't found it here. The little mermaid that i know was sad story. This is about the sacrifice that Little Mermaid made for her love. She left [...]

    13. Eman

      Disney's The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite animated movies. The book is even better. I personally assume that when Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid, he didn't intend it for little children even though the theme is kinda childish. It's more suitable for teens, or can fit in the YA genre more than Children's Literature. The book is so beautifully written with a creative touch on the mer-people and a deep take on self-sacrifice. It doesn't have your typical happy ending we're [...]

    14. Steph

      Well I had heard this version was very different from the Disney version and oh was it different. I think it's a little bizarre if I'm honest but definitely not our ordinary happily ever after which I think I like.

    15. Merphy Napier

      I know this has really high ratings but I still feel like I shouldn't have loved this as much as I did. It was so tragically awesome. I love that it didn't have a happy ending. It was weird as snot but I loved it.

    16. Amina

      He loves her like a pet, because she's devoted to him.She's allowed to sleep on his doorstep on a velvet cushionHe will marry because he can't marry the one he lovesMr. prince:

    17. Amanda

      This is the first time I've read this original story (of possibly my favorite Disney movie). And obviously, it's a completely different experience, and the story is one that's been told in many forms throughout the last century at least. I did feel that it was closer to the Disney version than say, Snow White/Briar Rose. While I still don't like the less-than-happy ending, I enjoyed the story, imagery, etc enough to give it 4 stars. Probably my favorite of HCA's tales that I've read so far.

    18. Anastasja Kostic

      Ova mala bajka je jako tužna, i jako mi je krivo što nisam imala prilike da se pre domognem ove originalne verzije.

    19. Pink

      A perfect fairy story. Sweet but brutal and full of allegorical Christianity. Probably not a suitable version for modern children's bedtime.

    20. Natsu

      This is a re-read. My parents bought me a book of fairy tales when I was a kid. Even then I found it waaaaaaay better than the deluded "happily-ever-after" thing which Disney presented (I've read the Disney book, but I never watched the animated movie). Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against Disney, I love "Frozen" and Belle's (actually The Beast's) Library.It shows that life isn't all peachy. There's pain, sacrifice, and defeat in between and sometimes there is no happy ending unless you look [...]

    21. Nouf *LostinFantasy*

      “I know what you want,” said the sea witch; “it is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. You want to get rid of your fish’s tail, and to have two supports instead of it, like human beings on earth, so that the young prince may fall in love with you, and that you may have an immortal soul.”This dark but sad fairytale is definitely not the Disney version we grew up on. There's suffering, sacrifice, and maybe there's a happy [...]

    22. Mihaela

      Oh, well, this is going to be a harsh review"The little mermaid" is my favorite Disney movie since FOREVER. I knew the original story had a tragic ending, despite that I prepared myself to love, or at least like it anyway. But wow, this is NOT what I expected.And I knew that this story was inspired by a real one, in which our dear Hans Christian Andersen is metaphorically the little mermaid, more exactly, a gay who was in love with a straight man, who chose a woman over him. I mean, yeah, it's s [...]

    23. Luxia

      *This review is for The Little Mermaid, Charles Santore's edition.* But the story itself is the most haunting fairy tale ever written. And a lot of people sadly don't know the real story. We shall journey under the sea and into the deep abyss, but there are no singing sidekick Crabs and fishie friends to accompany or help rescue this Little mermaid. The story will play out slightly more darker in Hans Christian Andersen's taleof unrequited love, hope and selflessness. A pretty lovesick Mermaid w [...]

    24. Scarlet Cameo

      "Las sirenas no tienen lagrimas y por eso su sufrimiento es mayor" Una historia muy triste pero muy bella, del tipo que yo considero de obsesión y no de amor, no sólo obsesión con el príncipe sino con todo el mundo humano, pero eso mismo es lo que hace que el final no pueda ser distinto.

    25. Kelly ...

      Not Disney -- and I was disappointed. I found the prince detestable. I found the ending dull and anticlimactic. And I was bored to tears by the moralistic tone.

    26. Eva Lucia

      Also posted on Eva Lucias blogThe Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairy tales by the wonderful Hans Christian Andersen. I have always been interested in his authorship and I spent a year of internship to promote Odense as Hans Christian Andersen's city and wrote articles about his fairy tales and studied them in detail.This fairy tale is certainly something else. Everyone who has read it and seen the Disney version will definitely be surprised, or have an even worse reaction seeing the Dis [...]

    27. Cristiann

      I've always loved mermaids. When I was little, I dreamed about being one! lol. I've always found them to be such beautiful & interesting mythical creatures. So of course, you would think that I love Han's Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, right? WRONG. And it's not just because of the Disney version. In fact, I always had some issues with Disney's version of the fairytale even before I read the original story. I never understood how the mermaid could give up her family & life unde [...]

    28. Kim

      I love fairy tales, but I couldn't give this the full five stars because it was so sad. The Little Mermaid rescues the prince from his boat during the storm like in the movie, but when he wakes up, the first girl he sees is a beautiful princess and he thinks she saved him rather than the mermaid. The mermaid goes to the sea witch, who will give her legs, but to do so, she cuts out her tongue as payment, and every step the mermaid takes it will feel like there are knives cutting her feet. If she [...]

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