The Prince and the Mermaid

Ian Deuchar, Author
Ian Deuchar, Author Dial Books $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0638-5
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
In the first book he has both written and illustrated, artist Deuchar ( The Proverbial Mouse ; The Search for Spring ) presents a tale of enchantment and sadness. A retelling of a French folktale, the story involves a mermaid who becomes enamored by the sight of a prince; through ``an ancient spell known only to mermaids'' she turns into a beautiful woman--but only as long as her lover never knows her true form. The two marry and have a son, and all goes well, until a jealous woman enlists the aid of a witch to cast a spell of doubt over the prince. In time he follows the mermaid to the river where he sees her for the last time, as the spell and their hearts are broken. Deuchar's paintings masterfully convey the flavor of the period as well as the romance of the story. The accompanying text, which ends on a poignant note, provides a fresh and engaging rendering of the pain of a love unfortunately lost. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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