The fish prince and other stories: mermen folk tales

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Interlink Books, Apr 1, 2001 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Rich in cultural significance, each title in this bestselling series includes a collection of 20 to 30 tales together with an introduction and a historical overview that give the reader compelling insights into the culture, the folk literature, and the lives of the people in the region.Mermen? Yes. Long before mermaids emerged to people our inner seas, long before they established their restless, inviting niche in human fantasy, there was the merman. Born of the human need to dominate the great fruitful oceans, to control the vast destructive seas, to regulate the healing rains, to understand the tides, the merman emerged.

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User Review  - Purr4kitty2003 - LibraryThing

The Boy from the Bottom of the Sea is a Greenland Inuit merman tale, written by Jane Yolan and Shulamith Oppenheimer. A man beat his wife brutally everyday, and everyday she tried to hide from him at ... Read full review

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User Review  - PitcherBooks - LibraryThing

This book does indeed contain short and succinct recitals of folk tales about mermen. A straight read-through is a bit dry and boring. Not Jane Yolen's shining moment as a storyteller here. Its value ... Read full review


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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

Oppenheim lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Felix. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Paul Hoffman has written and contributed to numerous Internet standards. He's a 20-year Internet veteran and the author of more than a dozen computer books.

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