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Sea Fairies

on October 12, 2013

FIC Baum  •  Fantasy/Classic Literature

Trot loves to hear Cap’n Bill’s stories about the sea.  Today he told her the story of the mermaids.  According to Cap’n Bill no one has ever seen a mermaid and lived.

When the mermaids hear this story, they decide to prove to Cap’n Bill and Trot that they are good natured and kind.  They do this by offering to use their fairy magic to turn Trot and Cap’n Bill into mer-people so that they can visit the palace of the Mermaid Queen.  Cap’n Bill and Trot accept their generous offer and embark on an unforgettable fairy adventure!

The Sea Fairies was written in 1911 by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.  While this book does not take place in Oz, nor include any of the residents of Oz, this underwater adventure is sure to delight readers who love L. Frank Baum.  It has all of the charm, magic, and adventure that characterize the Oz books, but the underwater setting allows Baum’s furtive imagination to create characters and creatures wholly unlike those who inhabit world of the  Oz.  The Sea Fairies is an enjoyable fantasy book.  It is recommended for readers who have previously enjoyed the Oz books, and for readers who love mermaid lore.

Interest Level: grades 4-8

Baum, L.F. (1911). Sea Fairies. Chicago, Il: The Reilly & Britton Co.

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