Monday, June 25, 2012
Mermaids and Mermen by Shannon Knudsen
Author: Shannon Knudsen
The breaking waves glow white in the moonlight as you walk along the beach. Suddenly you hear a voice singing a song. It's as sweet a sound as you have ever heard. You see a strange creature - half woman and half fish - sitting on a rock in the water. She is beautiful, and her voice enchants you. Without thinking, you follow the mermaid's song farther and farther into the dark, cold sea . . . From ancient myths to authors such as Hans Christian Anderson to modern movies, people throughout time have told tales of mermaids and mermen. These magical creatures of the sea are said to tempt sailors to follow them into the ocean, but the sailors drown in the chase. In other stories, humans capture merfolk and force them to live on land, or merfolk take human visitors to their amazing underwater cities. Learn more about these fantastical beings who have captivated us since ancient times.
When it comes to books on mermaid legends and information, this book is one of my favorites. What I really enjoy about this book is that there is no magic nonsense. This book goes in depth with the charms and powers of merfolk, and explores the variety of mermaids around the world. Another part this book covers is the fakes and frauds in the mermaid world, such as the Feejee Mermaid, and Jenny Hanivers. Another section I enjoyed about this book is the mermaids of the modern world, which lists different media in which mermaids are spotted. The book also has a really beautiful design and great pictures. This is not a book that just children will enjoy, but adults as well. I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie