Middle Grade Review: Little Mermaid: (Or, How to Find Love Underwater) (J. M. Farkas)

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About This Book:

A blackout poetry version of the classic fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” offering a new, spare, and lovely tale of empowerment, body acceptance, and knowing where you belong

You know the story of the Little Mermaid—the girl who traded her tail for legs, her beloved sea for sand, to land the prince. Or do you? In this refreshingly subversive blackout poetry version of the classic fairy tale, a new and empowering message emerges from the depths: our girl pines for land and that prince, but this daughter of water discovers she loves the sea and her body—mermaid tail and all—more.

 

*Review Contributed by Bethany Wicker, Staff Reviewer*

Interesting Concept
 
In this book, J. M. Farkas takes the classic story of THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen and turns it to a poem with a different ending. When she was younger, she envisioned THE LITTLE MERMAID ending differently and now brings that to readers everywhere. Instead of changing who she is for a prince, this little mermaid rediscovers her love for and place in the ocean and I look forward to more books in this format.

The concept of blacking out words to highlight a select few from the original story is so fascinating and it’s refreshing to see something so unique. Not only do we get a fresh poem of a mermaid who loves the ocean, readers can also flip the book over for the original THE LITTLE MERMAID. Here, they can enjoy the classic tale or make a blackout story of their own. The poem reads beautifully to go with the enchanting illustrations.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of mermaids and poetry. It’s also a good way to spark a child’s creative side and get their minds thinking out of the box.

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