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The Sea Fairies

L. Frank Baum

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Clia, reaching her dainty arm toward him; and suddenly the old man took courage and clasped the soft fingers in his own. He had to lean over the boat to do this, and then there came a queer lightness to his legs and he had a great longing to be in the water. So he gave a flop and flopped in beside Trot, where he found himself comfortable enough, but somewhat frightened.


"Law sakes!" he gasped. "Here's me in the water with my rheumatics! I'll be that stiff termorrer I can't wiggle."

"You're wigglin' all right now," observed Trot. "That's a fine tail you've got, Cap'n, an' its green scales is jus' beautiful."

"Are they green, eh?" he asked, twisting around to try to see them.

"Green as em'ralds, Cap'n. How do they feel?"

"Feel, Trot—feel? Why, this tail beats that ol' wooden leg all holler! I kin do stunts now that I couldn't 'a' done in a thousand years with ol' peg."

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A very cute book.
I had to read that in order to continue the Oz saga, where Bill & Trot will make them a visit.
It was actually good to finally meet these too, having first encountered these two in Emerald City Confidential, I was too keen to have at least a backstory as to, well, who are they..
The M

Despite a small page count, The Sea Fairies felt long. It was a chore to get through. The characters were okay, and some of the settings were cool, but overall, it felt like a pointless meandering. I was hoping for more. In Baum's Oz works, the world and characters are vibrant and awesome. The under

An enchanting undersea fairytale from the author of the Oz books (this isn't an Oz book, although the protagonists do turn up in one of the later volumes, apparently).

This is very much aimed at younger readers, although the grotesque nature of the main antagonist does make me wonder if this was an i

A few days ago, my friend Kae-Leah sent me a recommendation and link to read The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz books. I was hesitant at first because it didn't sound like a story about mermaids from the title, and older books can be unnecessarily wordy. To my surprise, it was entire

I read The Sea Fairies to my 8 year old son as we’ve been working our way through the Oz series. He absolutely loved it I didn’t so much. I think my son would give it 5 stars and more because he was upset when it ended whereas I am looking forward to moving on but then again I’m not the target audie

L. Frank Baum wasn't writing this book for me. His target audience was probably little girls from a bit before 8 years old to a little beyond 10. So, anything I may write may be less than relevant to that demographic.

This is a whimsical story about a young girl and her "old salt" sailor friend and

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.


Okay, not really, because attacking strangers to indirectly spite an enemy is a pretty feeble motivation, but at least Zog brought some plot action to the scene. If I had to read any more twee description of pretty rooms and dresses and fish I might have gone in for

Um livro perfeito para contar a crianças. Por possuir belíssimas ilustrações de sereias e monstros marinhos. Narra a historia de Trot e o capitão Billy que exploram o fundo do mundo, descobrindo as belezas dos seus palácios e a diversidade dos seres aquáticos. As sereis são retratadas como criatura

I made up a melody for the barnacle song, and I always sing it when I'm walking in the woods now. I don't see why the mermaid said it was stupid.

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