The Glass Mermaid



Book: The Glass Mermaid

Author: Susan Clymer

Illustrator: Pamela Johnson

Publisher: Scholastic Scholastic Children’s Books, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0590328395 (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0590328395 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0590430609 (Paperback)

ISBN-10: 0590430602 (Paperback)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 8 and up

Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Clymer, Susan.  The Glass Mermaid (published in 1986 by Scholastic Inc., 730 Broadway, Newe York City, NY  10003).  Rebecca Ladimer, or Becca, lives with her mother and year-older sister Adelle in the same house where her grandfather Alfred had lived as a little boy.  Adelle is a very graceful dancer, and Becca is a little jealous of her.  It is Christmas Eve, and Becca’s favorite ornament, given to her by her grandfather, is a glass mermaid whom she calls Lady Mer.  Becca wakes up at midnight and goes down to see the presents under the tree.  She finds two little people about six inches tall, a boy named Jingle and a woman named Sander, taking Lady Mer to their home in Seatown to be a companion for their mermaid Sealily.  How does one get to Seatown?  Through a tiny door in the trunk of the Christmas tree!  And when Becca touches the doorknob, she becomes little too.

However, before the three can get Lady Mer, who is now alive, to Seatown, they must pass the home of an evil sorceress known as The Captain who tries to stop them because she wants to keep the mermaid for herself and also to make Becca stay as her apprentice sorceress.  They have one hour to take Lady Mer to Seatown or she will die and Becca will have to stay.  Will they make it in time?  And will Becca ever be able to get home?  There are some in my acquaintance who do not like stories about Christmas and others who do not like stories about sorcery or magic of any kind, so people in both categories would want to avoid this book.  But for those who do not share these objections, The Glass Mermaid is a cute, though fast-paced, holiday story, especially for young girls.  And as a result of her adventures, Becca learns the important lesson that she is as special as Adelle, only in a different way.

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