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The Little Mermaid (part 1)
[by Hans Christian Andersen, a classic Danish -- not Disney -- Fairy Tale]



This classic fairy tale was originally written in danish by
Hans Christian Andersen in 1836, under then title, "Den lille Havfrue."
It was then translated into "The Little Mermaid" by H. P. Paull (1872).
Read in Danish / Læs på dansk


The Little Mermaid
Part 1 | Part 2Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
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Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live.

Now don't suppose that there are only bare white sands at the bottom of the sea. No indeed! The most marvelous trees and flowers grow down there, with such pliant stalks and leaves that the least stir in the water makes them move about as though they were alive. All sorts of fish, large and small, dart among the branches, just as birds flit through the trees up here. From the deepest spot in the ocean rises the palace of the sea king. Its walls are made of coral and its high pointed windows of the clearest amber, but the roof is made of mussel shells that open and shut with the tide. This is a wonderful sight to see, for every shell holds glistening pearls, any one of which would be the pride of a queen's crown."

GO TO PAGE 2
to learn what's happening under the sea
in this classic fairy tale.

Every country has it's own children's stories, fairy tales, and fables that are unique to it's culture. These global stories help us learn more about each other, because the stories we share tell a lot about who we are and where we are from.
"Den lille Havfrue" — "The Little Mermaid" — was written by Hans Christian Andersen.

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