Hansy’s Mermaid

Written and Illustrated by Trinka Hakes Noble
Dial Books/Penguin Group, 1983,
ISBN 0-8037-3606-1

One spring day, after a storm, the Klumperty sisters find a mermaid stranded in a small inland pool and take her home. They hide the mermaid’s tail under a homespun dress and set about turning her into a good Dutch peasant. Only Hansy, the youngest child, sees the sadness in the mermaid’s eyes and learns that her name is Seanora. Somehow he must find a way to return her to the waves, the flying fish, and the dolphins of her home, the sea.

Trinka’s charming watercolor illustrations evoke the Dutch characters and varied landscapes of this tender, gracefully written tale.

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