Mermaid's Gift, The by Claudia McAdam

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Out of a bitter storm comes a gift that saves a village.

In this adaptation of an Italian folktale, the young fisherman Gianni braves the thawing, ice-bound lagoon of Burano to catch fish to feed the starving people of his island. His fiancée, Nicoletta, prays for his safety. Gianni, swept from his fishing boat, is rescued by a mermaid who whips the water into a length of elegant lace, which she gives to Gianni for Nicoletta’s wedding veil. This gorgeously illustrated tale recounts the mythical origins of Burano lace, whose production has long been a vital part of the island’s economy and vibrant culture, ensuring the islanders would never go hungry. The lace is still famed throughout the world for its scalloped, wave-like patterns.


About Claudia McAdam

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Claudia Cangilla McAdam is the award-winning author of more than sixteen titles for children and young adults. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Illinois State University and master's in theology from the Augustine Institute. McAdam's writing--fiction and nonfiction--has been published in "Highlights for Children, Fortune, Denver Parent, Catholic Digest, " and many other publications. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives with her family in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Traci Van Wagoner earned bachelor of fine arts degrees in illustration and advertising design from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to book illustration, Van Wagoner writes, designs toys and characters, and paints portraits. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Van Wagoner lives in New York City, where she and her husband run their product development company, Imagine That! Design.
Published September 2, 2015 by Pelican Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Gr 1–3—Italy's small island of Burano is the setting for this local legend of a young fisherman's encounter with a mermaid. Rowing out through a barely thawed lagoon into the wind-chopped sea, Gianni is desperate to find fish for the starving people in the icebound village. The story unfolds smoo...

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