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La Sirenita: The Little Mermaid in Spanish (Spanish Coloring Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0486280012
LANGUAGE:English

"I've always loved mermaids. When I was little, I dreamed about being one! lol. I've always found them to be such beautiful & interesting mythical creatures. So of course, you would think that I love Han's Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, right? WRONG. And it's not just because of the Disney version. In fact, I always had some issues with Disney's version of the fairytale even before I read the original story.

I never understood how the mermaid could give up her family & life under the sea for a man that she's never even spoken to. She says that she's "in love" with him but she hardly knows the guy. I've never been one to believe that you can fall in love with someone just by looking at them. That's lust- not love. For me, love is something that can happen the more you get to know someone. Maybe if Han's had bothered to develope a real relationship between the mermaid & the human then perhaps I could have understood her wanting to become human, but he didn't do that. Instead this girl (mermaid) saves the guy, sacrifices everything to be with him, suffers the whole time that she's human, and yet she still doesn't win the guy, AND she ends up dying at the end ... what the fuck? Ugh. I get that Han's was trying to show us that with humanity comes pain & sorrow, but this is just too much. Sure people suffer, we feel lots of pain and loss as we go on in life, but we also feel love and happiness at times too. There needs to be an equal amount of sadness and happiness in life. I think it's terrible to put a heroine through so much pain & suffering only to punish her even further by making her die in the end. She didn't have to win the guy to have a happy ending (there's more to life then just romance) but c'mon! This story is just ridiculous.

You know what I want? I want a mermaid story with a great heroine. I want her to have a love interest that is actually worthy of her. I want her journey to be one that inspires it's readers - not one that has her suffering the whole time and ends with her dying for nothing. Is that really too much to ask? Please? /sigh
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The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairy tales by the wonderful Hans Christian Andersen. I have always been interested in his authorship and I spent a year of internship to promote Odense as Hans Christian Andersen's city and wrote articles about his fairy tales and studied them in detail.

This fairy tale is certainly something else. Everyone who has read it and seen the Disney version will definitely be surprised, or have an even worse reaction seeing the Disney film first and reading the tale. Because it IS different. The Disney film is very bright and happy, whereas Hans Christian Andersen's original tale is sad and melancholic - it simply tells the story of true love; the love one cannot have.

“She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart".

I love the beautiful descriptions, the language and how the mermaid sacrifices herself in order to be with him. I like the idea that an ancient myth (the idea of mermaids) has been incorporated into a fairy tale from the 1800s. There is something very fascinating about mermaids and her troubles, i.e. she can't get close to him, because she doesn't have legs to walk the earth.

“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more”.

I can definitely recommend every Hans Christian Andersen-fan to read the original story. There are three options on how you will react to it:
A) You will not like it because it is so different to the Disney version that everyone knows of.
B) You will love the bleak and melancholic atmosphere and be drawn towards it. You will hurt along with the mermaid and feel her troubles of love.
C) You will be completely torn.

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" Not Disney -- and I was disappointed. I found the prince detestable. I found the ending dull and anticlimactic. And I was bored to tears by the moralistic tone. " said.

" عجبني الخيـال فيها والمعني الجميـل المقصود منها :)) " said.

" "Las sirenas no tienen lagrimas y por eso su sufrimiento es mayor" Una historia muy triste pero muy bella, del tipo que yo considero de obsesión y no de amor, no sólo obsesión con el príncipe sino con todo el mundo humano, pero eso mismo es lo que hace que el final no pueda ser distinto. " said.

"*This review is for The Little Mermaid, Charles Santore's edition.*

But the story itself is the most haunting fairy tale ever written. And a lot of people sadly don't know the real story. We shall journey under the sea and into the deep abyss, but there are no singing sidekick Crabs and fishie friends to accompany or help rescue this Little mermaid.

The story will play out slightly more darker in Hans Christian Andersen's tale...of unrequited love, hope and selflessness. A pretty lovesick Mermaid will venture out in search for the eccentric outcast, yet not so evil sea Witch to ask for her help. She will give up her identity as a sea Princess. And willing to sacrafice her life and entire existence, she'll leave her loved ones in the big ocean behind forever for the chance to win the heart of a handsome human prince and gain an immortal soul to spend eternity in heaven. Yet only in exange for her tongue (not voice like in the Disney cartoon) and suffer greatly and in silence with every step she will take in her human form. The little Mermaid bears the pain for the sake of her wish to be with the one she loves. And you too will suffer with the Mermaid as she connot confess her feelings. Then when the arranged marriage of her Prince to a young mysterious Princess from a neighboring kingdom threatens the dreams of the Mermaid, and turning her chance at everlasting happiness into a love triangle...it's all or nothing.

I think it's a shame when Disney made they're 1989 classic they changed the entire moral of the story (like most fairytales stories are compared to the real versions) and chose not to stay faithful to its original ending. Why? Hey, Lets all face it, sugar coated endings sell better...especially to children.

Out of all the versions of this story I believe Artist Charles Santore was the only one who got it right. Set roughly in the Renaissance era, it's probably the closest to what Hans Christain Andersen himself invisioned. Though the way the little mermaid and her sisters appearances in this book may be slightly too sensual and even provocative for some (no sea shell bra, sorry Ariel) the Mermaids are indeed drawn with a touch of eroticism. But it is beautifully and gorgeously illustrated. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and I actually felt like I myself was in the deep blue ocean filled with aquatic wonders and right beside the little Mermaid.

As she rose to the surface for the very first time on the evening of her long awaited fifteenth birthday, which set her bittersweet fate and determined quest to win her Prince.
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"Oh, well, this is going to be a harsh review...
"The little mermaid" is my favorite Disney movie since FOREVER. I knew the original story had a tragic ending, despite that I prepared myself to love, or at least like it anyway. But wow, this is NOT what I expected.
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And I knew that this story was inspired by a real one, in which our dear Hans Christian Andersen is metaphorically the little mermaid, more exactly, a gay who was in love with a straight man, who chose a woman over him. I mean, yeah, it's sad and I'm sorry for you, Hans, but what the hell did you expect? Anyway, our beloved writer put his whole frustration on this story.
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“Why have not we an immortal soul?” asked the little mermaid mournfully; “I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars.”

Our princess has a kind,poetic soul, but oh, she's not the smartest fish in the sea. To be honest she's dumb, dumb enough to sacrifice everything she has for a guy she barely knows.
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Let's move on to the prince.
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In the movie, Eric ( the prince) is such a nice guy, but in the original story he is the biggest jerk I've ever seen.
The prince said she should remain with him always, and she received permission to sleep at his door, on a velvet cushion.

What's next, Your Grace? Teach her how to bark? Too bad that she'd lost her voice, couse he would be able to do that too. I mean, I get it, you think the girl is dumb and you weren't afraid to make that crystal clear, but seriously, treat her like a dog or, even better, an accessory? And I didn't say he must miraculously love her too, but to treat her like a human being, at least, would be nice.
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“I know what you want,” said the sea witch; “it is very stupid of you, but you shall have your way, and it will bring you to sorrow, my pretty princess. You want to get rid of your fish’s tail, and to have two supports instead of it, like human beings on earth, so that the young prince may fall in love with you, and that you may have an immortal soul.”


This dark but sad fairytale is definitely not the Disney version we grew up on. There's suffering, sacrifice, and maybe there's a happy ending of sorts but it's not easily won by gallant heroics.

When I was in school, I did a fun presentation for my class revealing the darker side of fairytales (it was a real hit and shocker too)... And I remember that the one that stuck with me most was Hans Christian Andersen's "the Little Mermaid". It was so sad but also so different from the Disney version in all the ways we don't want it to be. Anyway, I've recently picked out a dark retelling of the fairytale: Drown: A Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale and decided to read the original first, since I never read the full version before.

It starts a little similar to the Disney version.

The Little Mermaid (no name mentioned) is the youngest of six mermaid princesses. She's always been curious about life above the sea, but she's not allowed to swim up to the surface until she turns fifteen. When she finally does, she looks in on a ship celebrating the sixteenth birthday of a handsome prince she finds instantly captivating. The ship is soon torn apart by a storm and she pulls the drowning prince to the safety of a beach. But then she has to hide because several girls walk out from a nearby church. And guess what? She watches him wake up and mistake one of the girls as his rescuer.
Later after watching him from a distance for a while, she has a talk with her grandmother. She learns that while mermaids live longer than humans, they don't have an immortal soul and simply dissolve into sea foam when they die and cease to exist - unless a human loves them enough to marry them and therefore share their soul with the mermaid.

So, she goes to the sea witch (who is ten times creepier than Ursula), and is promised legs, but what are the conditions. Let's list them:
--She not only loses her voice (her most defining feature), but gets her tongue literally chopped off. Yeah.
--the transformation from fins to legs will be as painful as being sliced in half.
--of course the pain doesn't end there. She'll walk gracefully but with every step it'll feel like stepping on sharp knives that cut her open. And this is supposed to be a Children's book?! *shivers*)
--if the Prince marries someone else, she will immediately turn into sea foam and nothingness.



It's an all or nothing deal. And maybe you can say she's completely stupid for agreeing but I just couldn't not sympathize with her. She's young, afraid of dying and being forgotten, and wants the love of someone who just happens to be the answer to her wishes.

And does all that pay off? The Prince takes her in to stay at his palace, but he is still fixated on the idea of the girl he saw on the beach - who he thinks saved him. He doesn't know who the mermaid really is, and all she's done for him, she can't sing to impress him - she can't say anything at all. So to get him to notice her, she dances for him (ouch ouch). After that, he does start to really like her.
But how does he show it?

He lets her sleep "at his door" (because that means she's special to him - like a Golden Retriever, maybe), he calls her "dumb" a lot - and I know he's not referring to her intelligence but to her disability but how is that better in any world and century? I don't know if it was an acceptable term back then but it's like he kept throwing it in her face and I wanted to smack him every time. He apparently loves her like a "child". Man, she's only a year younger than you! But then he has the gall to basically tell her that she's his consolation prize for not finding his actual savior. Later he tells her he'd choose her if forced to marry (because she looks like said-savior), calls her dumb again, and kisses her.



But what happens when it turns out this other princess he's being arranged to marry is the girl from the beach (the false rescuer)? Where does that leave the Little Mermaid?



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