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The Mermaid's Gift


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By Claudia Cangilla McAdam

  Stories that tell how things "came to be" are among those we love to share with our children.

     We are proud to offer The Mermaid's Gift, an enchanting story about the breathtakingly beautiful lace of Burano, a tiny island near Venice.

     In this new adaptation of the mythical origins of the famous lace, Gianni, a young fisherman of Burano, braves the stormy lagoon to catch fish for the starving islanders.

     When he is swept from his small boat and begins to drown, something amazing happens, and the prayers of his fiancée and the other islanders are answered.

     Readers will soon come to understand the scalloped wave-like patterns in Burano lace!

     The Mermaid's Gift stands out among the many versions of this tale for its showing (not preaching) of the very qualities we hope to instill in our children: love, courage, faith, and perseverance.

     An interesting author's note explains the more realistic origin of the island's vital lace-making industry.  There, Claudia Cangilla McAdams honors the true lace makers and their meticulous handiwork with the motto that fits the strong-hearted characters in The Mermaid's Gift"  as well:

     "Beauty from hardship."

    This gorgeous picture book beautifully illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner is an inspiring  gift for all ages!


    Hardcover; 32 pages.
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10 x 0.4 inches
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