The Mermaid by Jan BrettThe Mermaid by Jan Brett

The Mermaid

byJan BrettIllustratorJan Brett

Hardcover | August 22, 2017

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A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create.

When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.
But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.
Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.
“A baby octopus waved its little arms at me when I glimpsed it on some coral while in the ocean off the island of Okinawa when I was visiting my daughter and her husband. It wasn’t until I returned home and was musing over what creatures would take the place of the three bears in my under-the-sea Goldilocks story that it dawned on me t...
Title:The MermaidFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.31 × 10.38 × 0.4 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399170723

ISBN - 13:9780399170720


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goldilocks twist Our daughter loves the foreshadowing borders and mermaid theme.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mermaid Jan Brett never ceases to amaze with her intricate illustrations.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet story! A wonderful story with great art work! Excellent moral, shows the love between siblings and teaches children that hard work and a kind heart will be appreciated.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a skating contest like no other Tara Lazar's writing is so enjoyable. This is another of her fractured fairytales, and one that will make the reader smile or even laugh out loud. Poor Little Red Riding Hood - who becomes, for this story, Little Red Gliding Hood, has skates that are in bad shape. She wants to enter a skating contest but needs a partner. Someone else wants a partner too, but what a team they might make! Cleverly done, Tara.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fractured Fairy Tale Success What an interesting take on the tale of Cinderella. She is a mechanic and in no hurry to get married at her age. Beautifully illustrated and fun rhyming text make it an ideal read aloud.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Cool! This is a pretty cool twist on the traditional story of Cinderella - the sci-fi twist is unique! I love how this story celebrates strong women and encourages little girls go after their dreams!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good moral story hand drawn illustrations about a girl (with young brother in tow), who sees a green bicycle that she really wants. She works hard over time to earn enough to purchase it. But there's a twist at the end. This is a wordless book. I can't wait to hear my 4 yr old grand daughter read it to me.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delightful my nieces' boys asked me to read and reread this book all weekend long, and were delighted when I gave them their own copy each, rather than having to return it to the library. A book fathers will enjoy reading out loud as well.
Date published: 2014-08-27

Editorial Reviews

★ "In this dazzling remix, Brett sets "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" under the sea. The bears turn into octopuses, dressed in the straw hats and indigo-dyed coats of rural Japan, and Goldilocks becomes Kiniro, a mermaid with black hair and golden scales (“kin-iro” is Japanese for gold). . . Brett’s brightly colored, highly detailed art shines in this aquatic setting as she embellishes the octopuses’ dwelling with shells, coral, and tropical fish that swim in and out of the windows. . .  Brett’s fans will rejoice, and she’ll make new ones, too."—Publishers Weekly, starred review"In an aquatic version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Kiniro, the beautiful mermaid, is intrigued by the mystique and beauty of [a] little seashell house. [. . . .] Not only is this fractured fairy tale a delight to read, there is also an adorable side story skillfully told in the border art as only Brett can. Set in the waters off of the coast of Okinawa, this colorful picture book is exquisite."—School Library Journal"[S]ure to please Brett's fans."—Kirkus