Thursday, February 4, 2016
Book Review - The Mermaid's Gift
About the Book
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 fiancée, 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.
My Take on the Book
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.
The legend tells of Gianni who risks his life to fish for his starving family. His fiance Nicoletta prays for him and with the help of the villagers helps him find his way home. She also instructs the women of Burano in making the lace which brings food and economic growth into the island.
Traci Van Wagoner's illustrations are soft and sensitive. They will draw you into the story.
This is a legend that I think you and your child will enjoy together.
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