Diverse Mermaids

      Hello library blog readers! It has been a while since my last post, but we are starting fresh this summer. The library has an exciting new website, and we are reviving The Renewal Notice! We have a fresh, new website and will have fresh, new posts on the blog highlighting library collections and services and topics important to the community.

      mermaid-3140685_640There are a lot of very real and serious topics in the news right now, and you might be wondering why you have been seeing a lot of news stories about mermaids lately. Disney recently announced that the African American actress and singer Halle Bailey will play the mermaid Ariel in an upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. You can read more about the public’s varied reactions in this Washington Post article. The truth is that diverse cultures all over the world have mermaid-like creatures as part of their folklore and history. Most of them do not resemble the red-headed 1989 Disney version, which is based on the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale. The author Tracey Baptiste has recently written in the New York Times about how mermaids have always been part of Caribbean and African folklore, and inspired her as a writer. These articles in the Washington Post and CNN go into more detail about all the different world cultures that include mermaids as part of their folklore. The Hans Christian Andersen/1989 Disney version of Ariel is just one particular example of a mythological figure that spans the globe and history.

     You can find stories that feature all kinds of mermaids at the McAllen Public Library. Here are some for you to check out:

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Teen Fiction

Teen Nonfiction


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