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

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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
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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."

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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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15 new storytellers made this great children's story,
"The Little Mermaid (part 1)
[by Hans Christian Andersen, a classic Danish -- not Disney -- Fairy Tale]
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even better by writing...

  1. Storyteller Anonymous added to the children's story:

    As she rose to the surface, she noticed the water became colder instead of warmer. She was more curious then ever to see for herself what the find surface would behold.

    Suddenly, she noticed some big fish swimming beside her. She thought they looked familiar, but wasn't quite sure.

    She gazed at them with perplexity and remembered her grandmother mentioning something about these creatures of the sea Swimming ever so slowly,. She gained a closer glance to see they looked like big white bears under the sea.

    Curiously, she moved toward the top of the water, wondering what in the world they would be running from. She swam fast and furiously to find out.

    Scared and uncertain, she knew she must find out for herself. Her thought's were flying in her head, her place so beautiful and content. How could this be?

    As she finally reached the surface, she peeked above the water in a very shyful cry for help. For she was so uncertain what it would behold.

    Her beautiful eyes were focused ahead causing her to let out a very deep sigh. She saw tall glacier looming on the horizon melting away.

  2. Storyteller elmo added to the children's story:

    "Look out!" Cam Ren yelled. "BEES!"

  3. Storyteller Anonymous added to the children's story:

    ELMO ELMO SID SHOUTED YOUR ALLL WET IT RAINED ON YOU! WELL COME IN AND AIR AIR DRY ZOES WITH YOU TOO

  4. Storyteller ASHWATHI 7YEARS added to the children's story:

    THEN SHE SAW A HANDSOME PRINCE FLOATING OVER THE WAVES. SHE SWAM TOWARDS HIM AND SAVED HIM .THEN SHE SAW A LADY WALKING TOWARDS HER. SHE HID BEHIND A ROCK , THE PRINCE WOKE UP AND SAW THE BEAUTIFUL LADY.

  5. Storyteller Mark 10 added to the children's story:

    They immediatley fell in love and got married so the mermaid was very upset.

  6. Storyteller Mark 10 added to the children's story:

    The Mermaid returned with her father who chopped the beautiful lady's head off.The Beautiful Lady was Evil just so you know.

  7. Storyteller Roshni (8years) added to the children's story:

    In this palace lived an ugly mermaid called Celina, who looked as dull as a stone. She was the eldest daughter of the king and the queen. She had no friend except a little nimo who was a loyal friend to her. Princess Celina had a rough and a bumpy tail, which was as prickly as a cactus. Her fellow mermaids avoided her company as it made them disgusted to look at her.
    One day, poor lonely Celina swam to the surface of the sea on her own because she was upset with the sea folks’ behaviour. Suddenly, she arrived to the coast where she saw lots of people having fun by the beach. This made her nervous and she wanted to head back but unfortunately, she couldn’t because the waves were too strong to push her back to the shore.

  8. Storyteller Sabina (7) added to the children's story:

    As she got closer to shore, she noticed that the people there were looking at her. 'Someone save that girl" yelled a young boy who was jumping and pointing in her direction. Soon there were several strong swimmers heading out to help her. As she was brought back within the breakline, she saw that several people were staring at her. She presumed that this was because she was "ugly" since this was soething she had been called all her life. But she would soon find out that she was wrong. Oh, so wrong!

    "That girl is stunning!" said a young man, who could not take his eyes off of Celina. Her hair looks like the crest of a wave dancing through the sunlight. "How horrible that such a beautiful girl was caught in a hideous wave. Where could she have come from?" It would soon become apparent to Celina that these strange new people found her to be beautiful. It was only by mermaid standards that she was unbecoming. Celina liked these people more and more with each passing hour.

  9. Storyteller yasasree10 added to the children's story:

    THEN THE PRINCESS MARRING THE PRINCE IN THE WATER AND THEY LIVE HAPPILY THEN ONE BOY BORN TO THE PRINCES THEY NAME THE BOY RAJIT VARMA AND THE BOY BECOME YOUNGER.

  10. Storyteller headless ben [9] added to the children's story:

    iya owl ni menunya
    sayur bayam ireng juice markisa leci blast jus berry country juice juice leci fourarms pepsi

    sop buah
    telor stroberi
    sop jamur
    pastel ben 10
    marshmallow

  11. Storyteller owl added to the children's story:

    oh ya udah kapan2 alo owl main ke kak vito

  12. Storyteller ben gees added to the children's story:

    hey everybody do you want sing with me let's sing

  13. Storyteller shannon age9 added to the children's story:

    Once there was a mermaid at the age of 19 named Ayana who liked a mermanat the age of 20 called Maleek who also liked her.One day when Ayana was going to watch Maleek play tailball(tailball because mermaids don`t have foot).When he was done playing,he came over to Ayana,she didn`t know what to do so she just was about to go when Maleek said;would like to stay and talk? Ayana turned around and said;sure,lets talk,me and you talking.Maleek said;i see your a little afraid.would you go to prom with me?Ayana nodded.`pick me up at 8.The prom came and Ayana and Maleek seem to be having a great time.When Ayana was 20 they got married and lived happily ever after.STRIKE 5*****

  14. Storyteller 7 added to the children's story:

    maar dan… iets is gebeurd Translation:but then… something happened

  15. Storyteller Colin 7 added to the children's story:

    Danish?


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