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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 fianc e, 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....

Title : Mermaid's Gift, The
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ISBN : 1455621080
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Pelican Publishing September 2, 2015
Number of Pages : 32 pages
File Size : 783 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Mermaid's Gift, The Reviews

  • mother of twins
    2019-04-20 07:59

    This is a wonderful story well told with BEAUTIFUL illustrations!

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-04-24 06:14

    Beautiful read

  • P. Mingle
    2019-04-10 07:11

    The Mermaid's Gift, a picture book by Claudia Cangilla McAdam, is a moving story about courage, sacrifice, and perseverance. The people of the Italian village, Burano, are starving. On a freezing cold day, Gianni takes his boat out to attempt to catch some fish to feed his hungry people. While he risks his life, his intended bride, Nicoletta, works with the women of the village and prays for his safe return. Out on the water, a huge wave washes Gianni overboard to a near certain death, but he is miraculously saved by a mermaid and the heavenly music that leads Gianni to her. She gives him a gift of lace, which she creates from the frothy mist rising from the water, and asks him to give it to Nicoletta for her bridal veil. Nicoletta and the other women recognize that the lace would be worth a great deal of money and decide to copy the pattern and fashion their own lace based on the beautiful veil. Soon they have enough items to sell to the wealthy princes and noblewomen of Venice, and the village of Burano survives and thrives through their lacemaking industry. Based on an ancient legend and bolstered by fact, The Mermaid's Gift mesmerizes and enchants with its inspiring story and gorgeous illustrations by Traci Van Wagoner.

  • Dad of Divas
    2019-04-02 11:02

    The island of Burano , near Venice, is known for their beautiful lace. The author has taken the legend of the origin of the Burano lace and retold it in an enchanted story. Of course there is more to the legend and the author gives you the facts at the end of the book.

  • Robert J Cropp
    2019-04-02 05:51

    The Mermaid's Gift is a delightful story that follows in the ancient tradition of Aesop's Fables by drawing on an old Italian folk story. Gianni risks his life and endures great suffering for the sake of his family and village. His wife to be is faithful and also selfless. Together they accomplish more than either could do individually. This is a great bedtime story for your children that will help them grow into Christian adulthood.

  • Benjamin Lager
    2019-04-04 09:51

    Do you long for your children to learn the discipline and self-sacrifice that will make their lives rich and meaningful? Veteran author Claudia McAdam has written another charming and touching book, based on the real-life lace industry of the Italian island of Burano in the 16th century. Here your children will learn the legend of a benevolent mermaid whose lacy, frothy foam inspired the lace-making skills that were the trademark of the village for centuries. Through courage and compassion, ingenuity and skill, the book's characters overcome terrifying circumstances through love and faithful endurance.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-04-26 10:07

    Claudia McAdam is a magnificent storyteller. Her latest book, The Mermaid’s Gift, is a beautifully illustrated story that intertwines the themes of courage, love, and perseverance. As a teacher and instructional coach, I appreciate the rich use of figurative language which invites the readers to see, hear, and feel the experiences of the characters. Claudia also adds the non-fiction text background of the tale at the end of the book which is rare in children’s literature. Our new state assessments require students to read multiple texts on the same topic so this book is a valuable addition to any classroom library. The Mermaid’s Gift can also be used as a mentor to demonstrate how students can take an historical event or a slice of life and craft their own memorable tale.

  • Anna-Maria L. Crum
    2019-04-02 14:02

    What a beautiful story about the power of love and sacrifice. Lovely illustrations compliment the story of Gianni and Nicoletta, a fictional tale based on the legend of how lace-making came to the Venetian island of Burano. Gianni, a fisherman, goes to sea under dangerous conditions in order to bring fish back to feed the hungry people of Burano. A storm comes up and washes him overboard. Nicoletta prays for his safe return. Giovanni is rescued by a mermaid and led back to his boat. She whips up a froth in the sea water with her tail which turns into delicate lace—a gift for Nicoletta to wear on her wedding day. When Nicoletta sees the lace, she realizes the way to save their island is to copy the lace and sell it in Venice. Burano would no longer have to rely on fishing to feed its people. Now they had the lace industry to support. them.