Thursday, July 5, 2012
Mermaids Most Amazing by Oliver Narelle
Author: Oliver Narelle
"For as long as anyone can remember, mermaids have swum through our stories and splashed through our dreams. . . . " Where did these mythical creatures come from? What if they were real?
Mermaids Most Amazing provides a comprehensive introduction to these beloved creatures, rendered in beautifully evocative, folk art-style collages and illustrations. You'll meet the fish-tailed goddesses of ancient Polynesia; crafty water sprites of the Pacific Northwest; fake mermaids from British carnivals of the 1800s; and the dugong, whose human-like features and behavior have been mistaken for mermaids by sailors throughout the ages.
Including several legends perfect for reading aloud, as well as maps of the mermaid world, Mermaids Most Amazing is a must-read for mermaid fans of all ages. Who knows what strange (and real) creatures you just might find?
Although I thought at first that this book was aimed at children because of its child-like cover, I enjoyed it and believe this book, like many childrens books, can be enjoyed by adults as well. What I liked most about this book was that I learned new mer-facts, what merfolk are called in other countries, as well as a few new stories from different parts of the world. I also enjoyed the whimsical artwork. The art in this book is mostly drawn, but if you look closer, you will see things such as the bubbles of the sea are made of beads and gemstones! I plan on adding this book to my mer-library. I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie