Long, long ago there was a time when men did not venture into the deep ocean waters…..
Since the beginning of mankind there have been myths, legends, fairy and folktales and today our family learned about The Legend of Sea Glass from a new Sleeping Bear Press book. If you’ve ever wondered about the little sea glass you can find washed up on shore on the ocean’s banks, Trinka Hakes Noble, the award-winning author, describes a fantastic legend of how they came to be. The next time you find a little piece of sea glass, supposedly the color of a mermaid’s tail, you can remember this legend and how it represents the memory of a person lost at sea.
Back when it was believed the world was flat, sailors would risk their lives of potentially ‘falling off the edge of the earth’ with every voyage. The ocean was far and deep and there lived many mysterious and magical creatures and, by far, the most talked about legend of such a creature was that of mermaids. These half women/half fish creatures were shy, gentle and loved by everyone. Many men believed that the mermaids were there to protect and rescue them in the event they fell into the dark waters by pulling them to safety. However, by no fault of the mermaid, if they were unable to save someone, the single tear of the mermaid would fall into the ocean and turn into the sea glass as a way to remember a fallen sailor. As Brooke loves tall tales and legends and, of course, MERMAIDS, she found this story quite unique and I was bombarded with questions. Did people REALLY believe a mermaid would save them? Yes, it’s true, some people did believe that. This interesting legend explains what was thought to be the origin of sea glass, attributing it to the tears of mermaids, weeping for lives lost at sea. If you are ever in the mood to tell a tall tale like The Legend of Sea Glass, a perfect way to do it is through this book with the beautiful illustrations and the interesting way that people explain things they do not know or understand. Lovely read.
About the Author: Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of books that include The Scarlet Stockings Spy (IRA Teachers’ Choice 2005), The Orange Shoes (IRA Teachers’ Choice 2008), The Legend of the Jersey Devil, and the ever-popular Jimmy Boa series. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children’s Book, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, and numerous state reading awards. Ms. Noble studied children’s book writing and illustrating in New York City at Parsons School of Design, the New School University, and Uri Shulevit’s Greenwich Village Workshop. Ms. Noble lives in northern New Jersey. Learn more at www.trinkahakesnoble.com
List Price: $ 17.99