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Elisa's new friend Freya is a mermaid paying a visit to the land, but when Freya loses the item that will allow her to return to the sea, Elisa must choose between what she wants and what is best for her friend.
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Jane Ray is one of today's foremost children's illustrators, whose work is known and loved throughout the world. She won the Smarties Prize for The Story of Creation and her Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, which her Happy Prince won in 1992.From Booklist:
The ocean setting is part of the magic in this lyrical picture-book fantasy about a lonely girl who makes friends with a mermaid and then cannot let her go. Shy, solitary Eliza is close only with her fisherman dad. Then one day at the shore, she meets Freya, who gives Eliza a magical shell, and when Eliza puts the shell to her ear, she hears “songs so beautiful that they have to be shared.” Freya is a mermaid who wants to go back to her world beneath the sea, but she has lost her mirror and cannot return without it, so she stays with Eliza, longing for home. Then Eliza finds the mirror, but can she part with her beloved companion? The paintings, in ocean shades, are both glamorous and stormy, and show Eliza’s bond with the beautiful, glittery mermaid, as well as the raging seas and Freya’s grieving mother. Anyone who has listened to a shell will recognize the music. An accompanying CD features the author's reading of the story. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111841217735
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1841217735
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1841217735 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0767565