Nicholas Pipe by Robert D. San Souci

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This enthralling folktale by one of today's most popular and highly honored authors comes to life in paintings of remarkable power and beauty. Nicholas Pipe, a merman who, through a magic spell, can live on land, falls in love with Margaret, the daughter of a fisherman. As their love blossoms, Nicholas and Margaret must defy her father, the jealous sea-folk, and even the king himself. Full color.

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Robert D. San Souci was born in 1946 in San Francisco. After holding jobs in book stores and in publishing, San Souci has been a full-time award-winning children's book author since 1974. San Souci is best known for his adaptations of folklore for children. His first books, The Legend of Scarface and Song of Sedna, were written in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Since then he has written dozens of others. His brother Daniel frequently illustrates his work. The Legend of Scarface won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, and was a Horn Book honor list citation. Sukey and the Mermaid won the American Library Association's Notable Book citation in 1992, and Cut from the Same Cloth won an Aesop Award from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. Robert San Souci has also written some nonfiction works for children and several novels for adults. David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including "Duck on a Bike", the Caldecott Honor Book "No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate", and "Good Boy Fergus". He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka's Trucktown series. David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.
Published June 1, 1997 by Dial Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Even when Nicholas informs the town about an impending squall and eventually saves both Margaret and her father, Marius repays Nicholas by turning him in to the authorities, who collect such oddities for the king.

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Although Pipe saves the father and daughter during a fierce storm, the distrustful fisherman forbids the match between Margaret and Pipe and then has Pipe carted away to join the king's collection of curiosities.

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