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Ariel, a daring mermaid princess, always dreamed of life on land. So when she disobeys her father and ventures to the surface, she rescues the human Prince Eric from drowning—and falls in love with him! The little mermaid gives her voice to the sea witch Ursula for the chance to become human. But there's a catch: unless Eric falls in love with Ariel in three days, Ariel wi Ariel, a daring mermaid princess, always dreamed of life on land. So when she disobeys her father and ventures to the surface, she rescues the human Prince Eric from drowning—and falls in love with him! The little mermaid gives her voice to the sea witch Ursula for the chance to become human. But there's a catch: unless Eric falls in love with Ariel in three days, Ariel will be Ursula's servant forever! Don't miss this enchanting retelling of one of Walt Disney's classic films.


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Ariel, a daring mermaid princess, always dreamed of life on land. So when she disobeys her father and ventures to the surface, she rescues the human Prince Eric from drowning—and falls in love with him! The little mermaid gives her voice to the sea witch Ursula for the chance to become human. But there's a catch: unless Eric falls in love with Ariel in three days, Ariel wi Ariel, a daring mermaid princess, always dreamed of life on land. So when she disobeys her father and ventures to the surface, she rescues the human Prince Eric from drowning—and falls in love with him! The little mermaid gives her voice to the sea witch Ursula for the chance to become human. But there's a catch: unless Eric falls in love with Ariel in three days, Ariel will be Ursula's servant forever! Don't miss this enchanting retelling of one of Walt Disney's classic films.

30 review for The Little Mermaid

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    The Little Mermaid is one of the most famous fairy tales of Danish Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). I am still to read the whole collection but I got a copy of this book as I try to buy a few children's books every payday for our outreach program for child literacy on May 25, 2013 to be held at the Museo Pambata. We will spend half a day to read three stories to children aged 4-8 from the financially-challenged families of Manila, we will also feed them and give them loot bags that contain s The Little Mermaid is one of the most famous fairy tales of Danish Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). I am still to read the whole collection but I got a copy of this book as I try to buy a few children's books every payday for our outreach program for child literacy on May 25, 2013 to be held at the Museo Pambata. We will spend half a day to read three stories to children aged 4-8 from the financially-challenged families of Manila, we will also feed them and give them loot bags that contain school supplies, candies, biscuits, etc. Then all the donated books will go to the Museo for their mobile library. If you want to donate, please communicate with me. Any amount or second hand children's books will do. The movie adaptation of this book was the first VHS that I bought in 1995 for my daughter who was then an infant. Like most Filipino parents, I wanted her to appreciate the Disney characters and get acquainted with the English language even at her very tender years. This is the reason why most young Filipino middle or upper class parents speak to their small children in English. They would like their kids to get used to the sound of this international language by teaching them the simple conversational English. However, when their kids become older, it is either the parents feel that they've exhausted naubusan na ng ingles their knowledge of the language and probably they also start to think that their kids' teachers must have already taken over that role and so they revert back to speaking in vernacular (Tagalog or other Philippine dialects). It seems to me to be like a cycle. The kids speak in simple English when they were very young with their parents and teachers, but when they become older, they find out that the "real" world requires them to speak in their national language. Well, there are exceptions because they are really parents who require their kids to speak in English at home and of course, they have the facility and expertise in the language themselves. Most most Filipino parents talk in Tagalog everyday at home, at work or even in the streets but when they have a child, they talk to them in English until the child is in their schooling years. Then when the child becomes a parent he/she does the same. The reason why I am mentioning this is that in The Little Mermaid story, Ariel the young mermaid, loses her voice in exchange of having a pair of feet. This is like those children who at their young age are taught and encouraged to speak in English. They become confused because they hear people outside their home speaking in Tagalog. It good if they attend an international school where students are mostly foreigners and they are all required to speak in English. But how about if they attend a local school? That's when they realize that they should speak in Tagalog like most of the children in their "normal" neighborhood. It's like Ariel coming into her senses that falling in love can do wonders and she does not need to forge a pact with the devil to have her feet and be human like her Prince Charming.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    this book was interesting and its one of my favourites books because it about a mermaids and I love reading books about mermaids

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dayelin valdez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Me encantó

  4. 4 out of 5

    Waverly Nyx

    3.8*/5*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Slayermel

    My daughter brought this book home from school and we really enjoyed reading it together and reminiscing about the movie.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I like the Disney retelling of the classic fairy tales. They are kid friendly. They contain all the emotions of real life but manage to not be scary like some of the original fairy tales were. Ariel is unhappy living under the sea and wants to walk on land . She is fascinated by humans and then as fate would have it , she falls in love with one. There is plenty of evil in Ursela but there is soooo much love in everyone else. A Wonderful Story. I would have my students create an undersea world for I like the Disney retelling of the classic fairy tales. They are kid friendly. They contain all the emotions of real life but manage to not be scary like some of the original fairy tales were. Ariel is unhappy living under the sea and wants to walk on land . She is fascinated by humans and then as fate would have it , she falls in love with one. There is plenty of evil in Ursela but there is soooo much love in everyone else. A Wonderful Story. I would have my students create an undersea world for Ariel out of existing objects and created ones.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    me and my kids really enjoyed the colored pages of this wonderful book of the little mermaid. my daughter since i have purchased this book for her, hasn't stopped reading it and flipping though the pages on our kindle. a great read for family and children all around. with all the bright colors kids love it. the price isn't bad either. my daughter loves Ariel and Eric.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fatma Mahmoud

    so simple nice story .. the little mermaid ♤ ♡ Ariel Above the sea .. Ariel falls asleep . she dreams that she is with the prince . one day Ariel's dream comes true ..she marries the prince :D ;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Raya

    My childhood is crying in this moment... seriously. This was one of my favorites Disneys' tales and I'm still loving it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    My kids and Grandkids loved this book. I loved them too. Pure nostalgia.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RLL22016_TeresaCamacho

    I like myself

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krista Basilio

    Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea and curious about the human world. With her best fish friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate and comical knowledge of human culture. Ignoring the warnings of her father (King Triton) and court musician (Sebastian, the crab) that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden (the sea's primary contact with hu Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea and curious about the human world. With her best fish friend Flounder, Ariel collects human artifacts and goes to the surface of the ocean to visit Scuttle the seagull, who offers very inaccurate and comical knowledge of human culture. Ignoring the warnings of her father (King Triton) and court musician (Sebastian, the crab) that contact between merpeople and humans is forbidden (the sea's primary contact with humans involve fishermen, so King Triton considers humans as nothing more than mere predators), Ariel still longs to be part of the human world; to this end she has filled a secret grotto with all the human artifacts she has found. Sebastian, who is assigned to watch over Ariel and be sure she does not visit the surface again, tries to convince her that its better to live under the sea than in the human world. One night, Ariel, Flounder and an unwilling Sebastian travel to the ocean surface to watch a celebration for the birthday of Prince Eric, with whom Ariel falls in love. A sudden storm hits, during which everyone manages to escape in a lifeboat—except for Eric who goes back to rescue his dog Max. He almost drowns saving Max but is saved by Ariel, who drags him to the beach. Although said by Scuttle to not have a pulse, Ariel notices that Eric is breathing. She sings to him but dives underwater when Max returns to Eric. Upon waking, Eric has a vague impression that he was rescued by a girl with a beautiful voice; he vows to find her, and Ariel vows to find a way to join Eric. Triton and his daughters notice a change in Ariel, who is openly lovesick. Triton questions Sebastian about Ariel's behavior, during which Sebastian accidentally reveals the incident with Eric. Triton furiously confronts Ariel in her grotto, using his trident to destroy her collection of human treasures. After Triton leaves, a pair of eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, convince a crying Ariel that she must visit Ursula the sea witch, if she wants all of her dreams to come true. Ursula makes a deal with Ariel to transform her into a human for three days. Within these three days, Ariel must receive the 'kiss of true love' from Eric; otherwise, she will transform back into a mermaid on the third day and belong to Ursula. As payment for legs, Ariel has to give up her voice, which Ursula takes by magically removing the energy from Ariel's vocal chords and storing it in a nautilus shell. Ariel's tail is transformed into legs and Sebastian and Flounder drag her to the surface. Meanwhile, Triton discovers Ariel and Sebastian's disappearance and, wracked with guilt over his behavior, orders a search for them. Eric and Max find Ariel on the beach. He initially suspects that she is the one who saved his life, but when he learns that she cannot speak, he discards the notion, to the frustration of both Ariel and Max (who know the truth). He helps her to the palace, where the servants think she is a survivor of a shipwreck. Ariel spends time with Eric, and at the end of the second day, they almost kiss but are thwarted by Flotsam and Jetsam. Angered at their narrow escape, Ursula takes the disguise of a beautiful young woman named "Vanessa" and appears onshore singing with Ariel's voice. Eric recognizes the song and, in her disguise, Vanessa/Ursula casts a hypnotic enchantment on Eric to make him forget about Ariel. The next day, Ariel finds out that Eric will be married to the disguised Ursula on a ship. She cries and is left behind when the wedding barge departs. Scuttle discovers that Vanessa is Ursula in disguise, and informs Ariel. As Ariel and Flounder chase the wedding barge, Sebastian informs Triton, and Scuttle is assigned to literally "stall the wedding." With the help of various animals, the nautilus shell around Ursula's neck is broken, restoring Ariel's voice and breaking Ursula's enchantment over Eric. Realizing that Ariel was the girl who saved his life, Eric rushes to kiss her, but the sun sets and Ariel transforms back into a mermaid. Ursula reverts to her true form and kidnaps Ariel. Triton confronts Ursula and demands Ariel's release, but the deal is inviolable. At Ursula's urging, he agrees to take Ariel's place as Ursula's prisoner. Ariel is released as Triton transforms into a polyp and loses his authority over Atlantica. Ursula declares herself the new ruler. She is then attacked by Ariel and Eric, and in the confusion accidentally kills her minions, Flotsam and Jetsam. Enraged by this, Ursula begins to grow into titanic proportions on the seafloor. Ariel and Eric reconcile on the surface just before Ursula grows past and towers the two. She then gains full control of the entire ocean, creating a storm with a maelstrom and shipwrecks, one of which Eric commandeers. As Ursula attempts to destroy a trapped Ariel in the maelstrom, Eric turns the wheel hard to port and runs Ursula through the abdomen with the ship's splintered bowsprit, mortally wounding her. The ocean calms after her demise, and Eric makes it to shore before losing consciousness. After her death, Ursula's power breaks, causing Triton and all the other polyps in Ursula's garden to revert back into their original forms. Triton's power returns after the change. Later, after seeing that Ariel truly loves Eric and that he also saved her and the ocean in the process, Triton willingly changes her from a mermaid into a human permanently using his trident, where she reconciles with Eric once more. An unspecified amount of time later, Ariel and Eric have their wedding on a ship, where both humans and merpeople could attend, before sailing away afterwards happily married.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Woolwine

    5/5 1993 Modern fantasy 5th-6th grade I of course chose this book because it’s about a Disney princess and she’s a mermaid! This book is highly based off the movie and offers lots of words and great illustrations on each page! I reccomed this to upper elementary because of the long pages and remembering and understanding the concepts being addressed to tell the story! This would be a fun read to read aloud to your class or to have the students browse the illustrations independently if they can’t 5/5 1993 Modern fantasy 5th-6th grade I of course chose this book because it’s about a Disney princess and she’s a mermaid! This book is highly based off the movie and offers lots of words and great illustrations on each page! I reccomed this to upper elementary because of the long pages and remembering and understanding the concepts being addressed to tell the story! This would be a fun read to read aloud to your class or to have the students browse the illustrations independently if they can’t get read. They can apply context clues based off the pictures and what the can relate from the movies! I believe most kids would enjoy having this book in class!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allison Tubaugh

    Genre: traditional literature Grades: k-2 The Little Mermaid is a classic tale. Ariel breaks away from her dad; the king of the sea. Ariel does some exploring and sees a prince. she ends up wanting to meet the prince, but in order for her to meet him Ursula the evil force of the sea demands she give something up in order for her wish to come true. What does Ariel give up? Will she ever get back to normal? You’ll have to read to find out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Abecca

    Lovely story and nice pictures. Not quite how I remember the tale going, but still a good read 😊

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is my favorite disney princess. Loved being able to go back and read it after so long

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mellanie C

    Retelling of the movie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alaina Davidson

    I really enjoyed this book and the underwater theme. I loved the vibrant colors.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rayjan Koehler

    Remember reading the original, but the one I just read is from 2006, and part if The Wonderful World Of Reading Collection. Good read for kids- especially kids just learning to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shanee Burnett

    An all time favorite.

  21. 5 out of 5

    One more, please!

    Really enjoyed this. The story felt very complete and the illustrations were colorful and detailed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noelle Spaman

    Not good at all If I were you I would not read it

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    Charming tale that parallel the movie in a "Big Golden Book" format with the words and illustrations from the film too. A favorite of my preschooler.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Breon Randon

    A beautiful rendition of the classic Disney tale. Much longer than I originally thought it would be- it really captures the whole movie. The art was simply fantasric for a children's book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keri Rohr

    I think that this is a great fairy tale for grades K-2 to read. It is an interesting tale and is enjoyable to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This book is SO much better than the movie, I highly recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simran

    Great book ,loved it since childhood!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gisselle

    I love it. The little Mermaid is mi favorite princess. I would never tired a reading it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather Jo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. megan summer reading 2016, children's book, picture book, series, little golden book, disney, movie tie-in, little mermaid, second grade, third grade,

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia barnett

    The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic Fantasy in the form of a children's picture book.This book is intended for children 3-6 years. I like this picture book because it gets children interested in reading by using one of the most popular Disney princesses that Disney had ever created. This book is a story about a mermaid who never feels like she belongs, then one day she rescues a human (prince) and falls in love with him. She gets to become human but without her voice and things get difficult, The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic Fantasy in the form of a children's picture book.This book is intended for children 3-6 years. I like this picture book because it gets children interested in reading by using one of the most popular Disney princesses that Disney had ever created. This book is a story about a mermaid who never feels like she belongs, then one day she rescues a human (prince) and falls in love with him. She gets to become human but without her voice and things get difficult, but that doesn't stop Ariel. She is determined to get the prince to love her back so she can stay a human in his world. This fantasy story is great for little kids, especially little girls. Mermaids is an exciting fantasy, especially when you mix a princess and a mermaid together. This story teaches determination to young children. This story is of course a classic , but is truly brought to life in book form with this children's book.

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