Academic journal article Language Arts

Fish Girl

Academic journal article Language Arts

Fish Girl

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Fish Girl Written by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli Illustrated by David Wiesner Clarion, 2017, 192 pp., ISBN 978-0-544-81512-4

Traditional literature enthusiasts and wordless picturebook fans will be delighted by Fish Girl, a graphic novel from the partnership of David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli, adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid." Mira is a mermaid held captive as the secret attraction in a boardwalk aquarium. Her captor impersonates Neptune, the King of the Seas, and masquerades as her protector. This former fisherman-turned-charlatan sea god uses a wavemaking machine and the mystery of Mira to bring in customers and turn a profit. The etymology of "mira" is from the Latin word meaning "astonishing." Mira is just that, as she finds the strength to question the world as she has known it in order to escape her glass prison. …

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