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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0486280012
LANGUAGE:English

"I love fairy tales, but I couldn't give this the full five stars because it was so sad. The Little Mermaid rescues the prince from his boat during the storm like in the movie, but when he wakes up, the first girl he sees is a beautiful princess and he thinks she saved him rather than the mermaid.

The mermaid goes to the sea witch, who will give her legs, but to do so, she cuts out her tongue as payment, and every step the mermaid takes it will feel like there are knives cutting her feet. If she doesn't get the prince to fall in love with her, she will die the night after his wedding.

The prince becomes fond of her, but does not fall in love with her. Instead, he is reunited with the beautiful princess and marries her, still thinking that she is the one who saved him. The mermaid's sisters come up from the water holding a knife from the sea witch, saying that if the mermaid kills the prince in his sleep before the sun rises, she will not die.

The mermaid takes the knife, but at the last minute, flings the knife into the sea, and then herself as the sun is rising, where she turns into invisible ocean mist and must spend the next 300 years earning an immortal soul by doing good deeds for others. Then, after 300 years, she will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

I won't say it was disappointing; obviously I wasn't expecting it to be too similar to the Disney movie. But I didn't expect it to be so depressing. I know the mermaid couldn't speak, but why couldn't she have written something letting the prince know that it was her who saved him? In the movie he was hypnotized, so it wouldn't have made a difference. But in the book it could have been a possibility.

And then at the end, she will never see her family again, and still has to earn an immortal soul only to die after she earns it? Jeez. I know not all fairy tales have happy endings, and if that doesn't bother you, it's still a decent story worth reading.
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"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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"Also posted on Eva Lucias blog

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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"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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" 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.

"Perault, a diferencia de los hermanos Grimm, se molesta en describir el entorno... y lo hace de una manera bellisíma.

Adoro este cuento, me encanta la protagonista y su forma soñadora de ser, y que sea capaz de dar todo por amor. El castigo que la Hechicera del Abismo le impone a la Sirenita me parece un poco excesivo:
"...Deberás sufrir atrozmente y, cada vez que pongas los pies en el suelo sentirás un terrible dolor."
Sé que estos relatos son más oscuros y pretendian darle lecciones a los niños, pero siempre me pareció que este cuento es demasiado triste sin necesidad.
Su final agridulce siempre me da un poco de pena. Supongo que estoy demasiado acostumbrada a la versión de Disney...
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" A perfect fairy story. Sweet but brutal and full of allegorical Christianity. Probably not a suitable version for modern children's bedtime. " said.

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