Mermaids inhabit stories, poems, legends, and folklore. It seems that nearly everywhere there’s an ocean (and some lakes) there’s an account of a mermaid. This month for the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge I am going to explore and celebrate these fascinating creatures. Dive in and join me!
A is for Atargatis, the first recorded mermaid from Assyria.
Mermaids first appeared in stories about 1000 BC. Atargatis was a goddess who fell in love with a mortal man who was a shepherd. When she accidentally killed him, she was so filled with grief that she threw herself into the ocean with the hope of becoming a fish. Because she was divinely beautiful, the transformation was not complete. Her lower body became that of a fish while her upper body remained human.
(Information from the Sea-thos Foundation )
A is for Aqualicious by Victoria Kann (author and illustrator) picture book for ages 4-8 Harper 2015
When Pinkalicious finds a shell at the beach she puts it up to her ear. Instead of the ocean, she hears a voice and discovers a merminnie named Aqualicious. (A merminnie is a rare type of small mermaid.) They enjoy the day until the mermaid decides it is time to return to her ocean home. Pinkalicious and her brother help her to get back where she belongs. This is a sweet story.
A is for Aquamarine
Best friends, Hailey and Claire seek a miracle when Hailey about to move away. The miracle comes in the form of a mermaid named Aquamarine who shows up in the city pool after a fierce storm. Aquamarine is determined to find true love because her father doesn’t believe it exists. This 2006 chick flick has received mixed reviews. It was awarded the teen choice award and according to the current comments, it continues to be enjoyed by many viewers.
Did you ever pretend to be a mermaid when you were little?