The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
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The Little Mermaid Information
Age4-6, 7-9
GenreFantasy, Fairy tale

In a world beneath the waves, a curious and adventurous little mermaid named Ariel longed to explore the world above. Her fascination with the surface world would lead her to make a life-altering decision.

audio story of the little mermaid

My dear little friends! I’m gonna tell you the little mermaid story!

Once upon a time, far and deep in the ocean, where the water is shiny and blue, lived a sea king who had six mermaid daughter. Five of them were happy and cheerful while the youngest one was deeply sad and no one hadn’t seen her smile.

The little mermaid wanted to see the surface world! She loved to see green trees and blue sky. Because of that she always swam to the top of the ocean to enjoy the surface world’s view. She felt depressed when she couldn’t see the above world.

Georgios fish, beautiful shells and all the colorful creatures in the sea were always trying to make her smile but they usually failed. Even her father’s bedtime stories couldn’t cheer her up.

One night, the little mermaid swam to the top of the ocean when others were sleep. It was a stormy night and waves were crashing into rocks. The lightning stroke to a ship which was rolling in the ocean. The little mermaid saw a man beside the ship, signaling for help.

She swam and helped him quickly. She brought him to the shore and rested him on sands. The little mermaid fell in love with the young man in that short time. So she started to sing a song with his magical voice for the prince. And then she came back to the ocean.

She was so much in love with the young man that she couldn’t stop thinking about him. So he decided to go and visit the seashore witch and ask her to grant a wish.

The little mermaid wanted to dance and walk on the surface world. she wanted to feel the warmth of the sand. The witch. who was cunning and tricky, stirred her potion with an evil smile.

I will grant your wish! But I’ve got one condition! She said. I will give you the ability to walk and dance. But you’ll be no longer be able to talk and sing. If the prince doesn’t confess to his love for you in three days, your voice will be mine forever!

I agree! I accept your condition!

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But let me tell you about the prince! He remembered one and only one thing about his rescuer! Her magical voice.

So my little friends, the witch transformed our little mermaid. After she transformed she went to the shore and sat on the warm sand where the prince was looking for her rescuer. prince didn’t remember our little mermaid:

Who are you? OH! You can’t walk?! Let me help you.

So, the prince took the little mermaid to his palace! On the second day, when little mermaid and prince were sailing on the ocean, prince decided to confess his love to her, but before he get a chance, the evil eels of tricky wish, attacked the ship.

The tricky witch who knew this, hid little mermaid’s voice in a seashell and hung it to her neck. Then transformed herself into a beautiful young woman! Then she started singing on the seashore. when the prince heard that magical voice, he was convinced that the tricky witch is her rescuer. so he decided to marry her!

But our little mermaid had many good friends! seals and fish! they decided to uncover witch’s evil plan! They attacked the witch and managed to break the chain of the neckless! Now it was the time! Our little mermaid got her voice back! She now could tell the prince who she truly was!

But on that moment, the sun set and the third day finished! Little mermaid’s legs turned into a tail and the witch grab her and took her into the deep water of the ocean!

The brave prince, who now knew the true story, went and followed the witch and battled her and defeated her!

But my dear friends, prince and little mermaid couldn’t be together anymore! Because little mermaid hadn’t legs anymore! She was really upset!

When her father, the mighty king of the ocean, saw his daughter in that situation, he knew just what he had to do. he moved his magic wand and gave her little daughter two legs!

Soon there was a big wedding on the royal ship! Our little mermaid said goodbye to her family and friends and left the ocean. Her and the prince lived happily ever after.

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About little mermaid story

The Danish author, Hans Christian Anderson, wrote “The Little Mermaid” story as a literary fairy tail in 1837. The story is about a little mermaid who is willing to give up her life as a mermaid in order to have a human soul. It does worth to mention that there is a statue of the mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the story was written and originally published.

Original TitleDen lille havfrue
TranslatorMary Howitt
GenreLiterary Fairy tail
Publication date7 April 1837

About Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author, prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems. But he is best known for his literary fairy tales.

Anderson’s Fairy tales have been translated into near 125 languages. His stories consist of 156 stories across 9 volumes. Although they usually known as children stories, They provide lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Nightingale”, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Red Shoes”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Match Girl”, and “Thumbelina” are the most famous fairy tales written by Anderson. His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.

Hans Christian Anderson
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Hans Christian Anderson

Inspired Movies, Animations or theater plays

NBC television series

In 1958, NBC began airing a new television show titled Shirley Temple’s Storybook, an American children’s anthology series that was hosted and narrated by actress Shirley Temple.

The show aired their adaptation of The Little Mermaid on 5 March 1961 as episode 22 during the show’s second season. Shirley Temple herself played the mermaid. Unlike the original story, the mermaid does not give up her voice to become human.

Soviet feature film

This 1976 Russian feature film was directed by Vladimir Bychkov and starred Viktoriya Novikova as the mermaid. The story is set in the 13th century. The mermaid saves the prince from drowning, after other mermaids mesmerize the sailors into crashing their ship on to the rocks. The prince is saved by a local princess under whose care he recovers and…

Disney’s animated film

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy romance film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. Loosely based on the original tale, the 1989 Disney film tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel, who dreams of becoming human, especially after falling in love with a human prince named Eric.

Resources: wikipedia


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