Mariana and the Merchild by Caroline Pitcher
A Folk Tale from Chile

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Old Mariana longs for friendship, but she is feared by the village children and fearful of the hungry sea-wolves that hide in the sea-caves near her hut. When one day Marianna finds a Merchild inside a crab shell her whole life changes- but she knows that one day, when the sea is calm again, the Merchilds mother will come to take her back. A memorable story of unconditinal love, this poetic retelling of a traditional South American folk tale beautifully conveys the joy that may come if you open your heart to what you cannot keep.
 

About Caroline Pitcher

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Caroline Pitcher is the author of numerous children's books, including the Carnegie Medal-nominated "Silkscreen," the Greenaway Award-nominated "The Green Garden," and the Children's Book Award-nominated "The Snow Whale, Morris has illustrated many children's books.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Eerdmans (William B.) Pub. Co.. 24 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A resonant, evocative tale about a lonely woman and the child of the sea who becomes her dearest companion.

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Pitcher and Morris (previously paired for The Time of the Lion) turn to Chilean folklore for this atmospheric story. After a storm, lonely, old Mariana discovers a baby enclosed in a crab shell that h

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Matched with Pitcher's sparkling descriptions (e.g., Mariana's fire ""spangles [the merchild's] tail with pink and vermilion""), the art conjures a folkloric world, where nature is no less mysterious than magic.

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