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Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects and recipes. Beautiful, seductive, mysterious, and potentially dangerous, the mermaid is a global literary and pop culture icon whose roots date back to ancient sea goddesses and Greek mythology. From Homer’s Odyssey and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid to T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid, this sea vixen has long seduced popular imagination. Cosmetic companies have drawn inspiration for their makeup lines from mermaids, as have designers throughout fashion history, from Jean Patou to Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen. The fishtail dress is a perennial long red-carpet staple, favored by the likes of Marion Cotillard, Sofia Vergara, and Blake Lively. Divided into four sections—Fashion and Beauty; Arts and Culture; Real Mermaids and Where to Find Them; and Food, Entertaining and Stories of the Sea—The Mermaid Handbook is a unique and sumptuous compilation filled with creative ideas for decorating and living inspired by these beauties from the deep. Learn to make a sailor’s valentine; a mermaid comb and crown; and a pearl and sequin paillette necklace. There are recipes for mermaid-themed poke bowls, aquatic-themed honey gingerbread cookies, and the official cocktail of the 1960s-era mermaid attraction Aquarama. Folklore expert Carolyn Turgeon also includes profiles of true modern mermaids, tail makers, and mermaid bars; visits mermaid attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs; and provides tips on getting beachy mermaid hair and creating an alluring eye. This collector’s item also includes an inset image on the front cover; ornate metallic blue foil patterning on the front, spine, and back; blue stained edges; a satin bookmark, and quality paper.


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Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium from the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine and author of The Faerie Handbook and globally published novel Mermaid, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects and recipes. Beautiful, seductive, mysterious, and potentially dangerous, the mermaid is a global literary and pop culture icon whose roots date back to ancient sea goddesses and Greek mythology. From Homer’s Odyssey and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid to T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid, this sea vixen has long seduced popular imagination. Cosmetic companies have drawn inspiration for their makeup lines from mermaids, as have designers throughout fashion history, from Jean Patou to Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen. The fishtail dress is a perennial long red-carpet staple, favored by the likes of Marion Cotillard, Sofia Vergara, and Blake Lively. Divided into four sections—Fashion and Beauty; Arts and Culture; Real Mermaids and Where to Find Them; and Food, Entertaining and Stories of the Sea—The Mermaid Handbook is a unique and sumptuous compilation filled with creative ideas for decorating and living inspired by these beauties from the deep. Learn to make a sailor’s valentine; a mermaid comb and crown; and a pearl and sequin paillette necklace. There are recipes for mermaid-themed poke bowls, aquatic-themed honey gingerbread cookies, and the official cocktail of the 1960s-era mermaid attraction Aquarama. Folklore expert Carolyn Turgeon also includes profiles of true modern mermaids, tail makers, and mermaid bars; visits mermaid attractions like Weeki Wachee Springs; and provides tips on getting beachy mermaid hair and creating an alluring eye. This collector’s item also includes an inset image on the front cover; ornate metallic blue foil patterning on the front, spine, and back; blue stained edges; a satin bookmark, and quality paper.

30 review for The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A beautiful hardcover and gold embossed book, with gilt page edges and a yellow ribbon. My favorite part of the book was the artwork and the poetry. The classic literature, art, recipes, cookbooks and travel was fun also. I will say the chapter on Mermaid Cocktail Lounges, made "mermaids" trashy and into some cases prostitutes--it dirtied up the fairy tale & the fantasy. A beautiful hardcover and gold embossed book, with gilt page edges and a yellow ribbon. My favorite part of the book was the artwork and the poetry. The classic literature, art, recipes, cookbooks and travel was fun also. I will say the chapter on Mermaid Cocktail Lounges, made "mermaids" trashy and into some cases prostitutes--it dirtied up the fairy tale & the fantasy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melpomene

    these books are mostly pictures and recipes. that's why I finish 400 pages in one day. these books are mostly pictures and recipes. that's why I finish 400 pages in one day.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Like many, I have been borderline obsessed with mermaids since childhood. The Mermaid Handbook is a beautiful and fun dive into mermaid lore, history, and style. Do you know some women still make a living dressing and performing as mermaids? Includes recipes for cookies, cocktails, and more. Complete with a guide to sea vegetables, beauty and make-up tips and tricks, and how-to projects including shell encrusted crowns, mirrors, and more! A treasury of mermaid illustrations and a celebration of Like many, I have been borderline obsessed with mermaids since childhood. The Mermaid Handbook is a beautiful and fun dive into mermaid lore, history, and style. Do you know some women still make a living dressing and performing as mermaids? Includes recipes for cookies, cocktails, and more. Complete with a guide to sea vegetables, beauty and make-up tips and tricks, and how-to projects including shell encrusted crowns, mirrors, and more! A treasury of mermaid illustrations and a celebration of the mythical creature adored by all ages. -Lisanne E.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renae

    What a fun book! It isn’t a particularly incredible read, but it is a very interesting collection of all things mermaid! It’s really meant to be an eye-catching coffee-table book and for that purpose is it perfect. The design of the book is stunning and the photos and illustrations throughout are dazzling. I also really enjoyed the history of mermaid lore, mermaids around the world, and the resurgence of modern mermaids. I did feel like the beginning of the book was almost an ad for Weeki Wachee What a fun book! It isn’t a particularly incredible read, but it is a very interesting collection of all things mermaid! It’s really meant to be an eye-catching coffee-table book and for that purpose is it perfect. The design of the book is stunning and the photos and illustrations throughout are dazzling. I also really enjoyed the history of mermaid lore, mermaids around the world, and the resurgence of modern mermaids. I did feel like the beginning of the book was almost an ad for Weeki Wachee Springs, and the author had a very repetitive, overly exaggerated style, but once I got past that it was just a cute book. The writing of the sections isn’t super well-done, but since the majority of the book is pulled from a variety of different sources, I still very much enjoyed the book as a little gem that understands my love of mermaids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Carr

    5☆ | Published May 2018 | Bookshelf Worthy! Perfection in a binding! This book is in my top 3 books of 2018 so far. If you are a fin-fan like me or know someone who is, this gorgeous hardcover 239 gold edged beauty can be purchased for >$25 and will be treasured for years to come. I borrowed it from the library and instantly knew I needed to own it... "The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects" 5☆ | Published May 2018 | Bookshelf Worthy! Perfection in a binding! This book is in my top 3 books of 2018 so far. If you are a fin-fan like me or know someone who is, this gorgeous hardcover 239 gold edged beauty can be purchased for >$25 and will be treasured for years to come. I borrowed it from the library and instantly knew I needed to own it... "The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah Rachel von Essen

    It's a fun enough book. Not as compelling throughout as the Faerie Handbook was—not sure if perhaps more original content was needed for this one, since the Faerie Handbook pulled more from Faerie Magazine's works. Had a lot of fun information about shell collecting and the best places in the world to do so, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, mermaid-themed crafts, the making of mermaid tails, the history of mermaids performing in theme parks, etc. An all right section on mermaid lore from around It's a fun enough book. Not as compelling throughout as the Faerie Handbook was—not sure if perhaps more original content was needed for this one, since the Faerie Handbook pulled more from Faerie Magazine's works. Had a lot of fun information about shell collecting and the best places in the world to do so, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, mermaid-themed crafts, the making of mermaid tails, the history of mermaids performing in theme parks, etc. An all right section on mermaid lore from around the world, although interesting selkies aren't mentioned. The piece on The Little Mermaid mentions Hans Christian Andersen's love for a man and queer-coding of the tale, though it skips the less-well-known story behind the involvement of the late Howard Ashman on the classic Disney film. Overall, a fun collection, but unlike the Faerie Handbook, I probably wouldn't have bought it for myself (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review). Just a little more filler in this one—noting that this filler consists of gorgeous photography and illustrations of mermaids, accompanied by poetry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn K.

    Contains more filler than The Fairy Handbook. I found myself skimming and skipping over uninteresting parts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicke Pearson

    A good non-fiction book about the history of the mermaid. Looking at Mermaid legends from different cultures and also the use of mermaids in entertainment. Lots of beautiful artwork and poetry dotted throughout to keep the book visually appealing too, as well as photos from modern day mermaids x

  9. 4 out of 5

    Saturday's Child

    An absolute delight both inside and out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    This book was both well conceived and beautifully produced. It fills a niche that few other books produced for grown-ups do; it contains a cocktail of historical and folkloric information, modern tidbits, as well as how-to crafts and recipes, all heavily illustrated with images from the last 300 years. The book production is stunning, with a foil-stamped fabric cover, foil edging on the pages, thick matte paper, thoughtful text design, and well printed images. It's not uncommon to find books of This book was both well conceived and beautifully produced. It fills a niche that few other books produced for grown-ups do; it contains a cocktail of historical and folkloric information, modern tidbits, as well as how-to crafts and recipes, all heavily illustrated with images from the last 300 years. The book production is stunning, with a foil-stamped fabric cover, foil edging on the pages, thick matte paper, thoughtful text design, and well printed images. It's not uncommon to find books of this style (though usually not this quality) produced for a child audience, but Turgeon and the folks at Enchanted Living Magazine hit on the fact that some of us don't grow out of reading this kind of thing; we just want a thoughtful, more grown-up version. I'll have to order The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects through interlibrary loan, but I think it will be worth it, if it's as beautiful as this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    June J. McInerney

    Had I known that Noah was a cohort of merpeople, I would have included a character or two based upon these interesting aquatic creatures in my musical "Noah’s Rainbow". According the Carolyn Turgeon, the editor of "The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects", he was worshiped as Oannes in Chaldea at Erech ‘the place of the ark’. She quotes naturalist Henry Lee who, in 1883 in Sea Fables Explained, equates Noah with Oannes as “the sacred and intelli Had I known that Noah was a cohort of merpeople, I would have included a character or two based upon these interesting aquatic creatures in my musical "Noah’s Rainbow". According the Carolyn Turgeon, the editor of "The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects", he was worshiped as Oannes in Chaldea at Erech ‘the place of the ark’. She quotes naturalist Henry Lee who, in 1883 in Sea Fables Explained, equates Noah with Oannes as “the sacred and intelligent fish-god, the teacher of mankind, the god of science and knowledge.” [page 78]. Turgeon goes on to explain that a woodcut in a 1483 copy of the Nuremburg Bible depicts Noah in the ark with mermaids, mermen, and [of all things] merdog[s] swimming alongside it. What a wonderful scene, replete with the appropriate song, that would make! But probably not as wonderful as the HarperDesign book – just released today – that relates this bit of information along with scales, er, scads of other scintillating stories, accounts, reports, visions, and descriptions – as well as explanations – of and about mermaids. Now, I don’t know about you, but growing up “back in the day”, I was enchanted by "The Little Mermaid", the original story by Hans Christian Andersen upon which the Disney movie is very loosely based. I used to play “mermaid” in the shallow kiddie pool in the backyard and convinced two of the kids on the block to act out the story with me for our parents. [That was probably the beginning of my aspirations as a playwright.] As a much younger adult, I once had a martini or two at a “mermaid bar” in New Jersey watching women – and the occasional man – in fish tails swim in an underwater lagoon. And I spent the major part of this past rainy weekend doing nothing more than immersing [pun intended] myself in the Handbook that is, if nothing else, now the foremost authoritative compendium of all things mermaid. Beautifully bound and illustrated – as all HarperDesign books are – The Mermaid Handbook includes, along with folklore, myths, tales and crafts, mermaid cuisine and fashion. Did you know you can actually buy a custom-maid tail online? And did you also know that there are professional mermaids out there? And if you’ve never visited Weeki Wachee in Florida… Well, this is the second-best thing to being there. From a literary perspective, however, I was most intrigued by mermaid history and literature. As well as the well-chosen poems that are delicately sprinkled throughout. It was this aspect – especial the stories of famous mermaids – that kept me reading far into the deep dark swells of the night. While this blue tome with its gilt-edge pages acknowledges that mermaids have had an understandably bad rap through the centuries luring sailors on the high seas to their untimely deaths, it more than compensates this negative by the more positive beguiling and enchanting aspects of the mysteries inherent in mermaid life. An enjoyable companion piece to Turgeon’s The Faerie Handbook, it is a required adjunct to long summer afternoons at the beach or sitting by the pool. Enjoy the read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    1.5 Stars. For my review, I need to share the blurb on the back of the book for context. The blurb says: A rich compendium of literature, lore, art, recipes, and projects to delight modern mermaids. This seductive collection plumbs the depths of a mermaid's realm, a world rich with myth, mystery, history, romance, and abounding natural beauty. Gorgeous art and photography, fascinating stories and essays, do-it-yourself projects, and delicious recipes provide hours of reading and viewing pleasure for 1.5 Stars. For my review, I need to share the blurb on the back of the book for context. The blurb says: A rich compendium of literature, lore, art, recipes, and projects to delight modern mermaids. This seductive collection plumbs the depths of a mermaid's realm, a world rich with myth, mystery, history, romance, and abounding natural beauty. Gorgeous art and photography, fascinating stories and essays, do-it-yourself projects, and delicious recipes provide hours of reading and viewing pleasure for aspiring mermaids, and those captivated by these exotic inhabitants of the sea. I've just always loved mermaids, and The Mermaid Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon sounded like a really interesting and fascinating book! However, it was incredibly disappointing. The Mermaid Handbook was absolutely not what I was expecting. The blurb is what I read when buying the book, but if you look at the Goodreads description or any online bookstore, it's very different. I bought this book in a physical bookshop, and only had the blurb on the back to go on. It was also sealed in plastic, so I couldn't look inside, though I don't know if I would have felt like I necessarily needed to as it sounds just like my thing. But I'm not sure a quick look through would have made much of a difference, anyway, as it's only in the reading that you can really tell what it's about. It was sealed though, so I only had the blurb to go on, and it does sound right up my street! Had I read a description from a website instead, I would not have bought The Mermaid Handbook, because I would have known it's not the kind of book I'd be interested in. Because this isn't a book for those interested in mermaids and the folklore and myths surrounding them, or their depictions in art and literature. This is a book for those who want to get as close to being mermaids as they possibly can, and interested in swimming with fake tails as a hobby, and mermaid performers. There is one chapter on mermaids in myths and other cultures, with the very briefest descriptions of them. There is one chapter on art and literature, but it simply has an introduction, and then shows various paintings with quotes from books and poetry printed on top of them, with no explaination, no discussion of inspiration or symbolism in the art, or anything. They are not discussed, just shown. Now the description above, to me, implies that these two parts of the book were going to be a major focus. They're not. The focus of this book is on humans. Those pretending to be mermaids, whether for a hobby, as a career as a mermaid performer, and the various attractions they performed at. The Mermaid Handbook gives an indepth look at various businesses that make mermaid tails, specific mermaid performers in history and those working now, various different attractions, and movies featuring mermaid performers, with a particularly long look at the making of the movie Splash. It talks about mermaids inspiring fashion, and various ways the reader can make themselves look and feel like a mermaid, with DIY projects for decorative hair combs, mermaid crowns, and others, and various bath salts to feel like a mermaid in the bath. There's a really long chapter on throwing your own mermaid inspired outdoor party, with so much about the decor and various recipes for food and drinks you can include. This is simply not a book about the mythological creatures themselves, and because of this, I was hugely disappointed. I'm sure this is an incredibly fascinating book for those who are interested in such things. It is a gorgeously presented book, with lots of fantastic photos, a ribbon bookmark, gold foiled edges, and a big chunky hardback. It is gorgeous. But the blurb is completely misleading, and considering this is a very expensive book at £25, I was just so bloody angry that this wasn't what I expected. But I left it far too long to read, and so obviously I've lost that money. I will be trying some of the DIY projects and the bath salts, because they actually look quite cool, but this doesn't make up for the fact that the blurb completely misleads the reader as to what kind of book they're getting. It's really not what it says it is at all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. HarperDesign, Turgeon and the designers hit it out of the park once again with The Mermaid Handbook, a stunning compendium of all things Mermaid. Following up with last’s years gorgeous novel, The Faerie Handbook, The Mermaid Handbook is filled with endless literature, full colored artwork and photographs, recipes and crafts will keep you occupied and enchanted for hours and hours. The Mermaid Handbook is pres Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. HarperDesign, Turgeon and the designers hit it out of the park once again with The Mermaid Handbook, a stunning compendium of all things Mermaid. Following up with last’s years gorgeous novel, The Faerie Handbook, The Mermaid Handbook is filled with endless literature, full colored artwork and photographs, recipes and crafts will keep you occupied and enchanted for hours and hours. The Mermaid Handbook is presented in a sturdy turquoise hardcover compendium with a high quality image of a mermaid resting atop a jagged rock. To tie everything together the cover and spine is embossed with rose-gold foiling, the pages is gilded in rose-gold and is finished off with a baby blue satin ribbon. I loved the color scheme chosen, it definitely conjures up images of mermaids and the sea. This compendium is a wealth of mermaid knowledge. The book is divided into four sections: Fashion & Beauty, Arts & Culture, Real Mermaids &Where to Find Them and Food, Entertaining & Stories of the Sea. Readers will learn how the mermaid mythology has inspired all aspect of our lives from clothing, to makeup, the vast stories from all around the world to yearly camp and parade dedicated for our love of mermaids; where you can learn to become one yourself and embrace your inner siren…because let’s face it, every one of us has dreamed or wished we were a mermaid at one point in our lives; I sure did! The Mermaid Handbook is a must have for all mermaid lovers, the believers, the water babies, and anyone who dreamed of swimming in the underwater kingdom and living in the deep depth of the ocean. This is the perfect companion novel to Turgeon’s The Faerie Handbook and the perfect book to get you ready for the summer which is sure to filled with days full of sun, sand and the ocean!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is my favourite book,it goes everywhere with me.I haven’t always loved mermaids,it’s a new fascination for me with those sirens of the sea and their enchantment of songs.But I’ve always loved mythology and lore so it’s no surprise I’m fixed on mermaids now.This is a beautiful book to own,it has a lovely antiquated gilded look,like a book you’d find in your grandmothers attic.I love that it’s not just text and therefore centered on the left part of our brain,but so holistic and includes art, This is my favourite book,it goes everywhere with me.I haven’t always loved mermaids,it’s a new fascination for me with those sirens of the sea and their enchantment of songs.But I’ve always loved mythology and lore so it’s no surprise I’m fixed on mermaids now.This is a beautiful book to own,it has a lovely antiquated gilded look,like a book you’d find in your grandmothers attic.I love that it’s not just text and therefore centered on the left part of our brain,but so holistic and includes art,poetry,song,recipes and crafts.I truly cannot commend them enough for this.I wish there were more books that played to all parts of us as this one does.It has a beautiful section on Victorian Mermaids that starts with the poem “A sea spell” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti “her lips move and she soars into her song” and features beautiful olde world mermaid paintings by the Pre-Raphelites,this is a romantic book.I enjoyed the lore and legend featured,including the story of the tragic Undine that I’d never read before,this too is presented with beautiful delicate illustrations.Mermaids around the world are shown from the Rusalkas of Russia to Africa’s Mami Wata.There are recipes for mermaid bath salts and soaks,that are very easy.There is some delving into modern mermaids in the movies etc if you’re more of a modern girl unlike me.There is Lord whimsy’s guide to picking up mermaids,which is very amusing.Truly there is much more than I have mentioned,it is a treasure trove,and a very very beloved book of mine.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kiana

    I’ve had a lifelong passion for mermaids, so this book was a wonderful piece of dreamy beauty for me. It’s gorgeously assembled, with a fun mix of lore, history, and contemporary trivia, accompanied by some absolutely stunning pictures. I was actually surprised by how much it discussed modern-day mermaids, which I found very eye-opening—I never could have told you there are professional mermaids swimming around, or that there was such a thriving mermaid industry over fifty years ago, not just in I’ve had a lifelong passion for mermaids, so this book was a wonderful piece of dreamy beauty for me. It’s gorgeously assembled, with a fun mix of lore, history, and contemporary trivia, accompanied by some absolutely stunning pictures. I was actually surprised by how much it discussed modern-day mermaids, which I found very eye-opening—I never could have told you there are professional mermaids swimming around, or that there was such a thriving mermaid industry over fifty years ago, not just in Weeki Wachee Springs but parks and hotels all over the country. And, despite knowing Hans Christian Andersen’s tale inside and out, I was unfamiliar with the stories of Undine and Melusine, which were precursors to The Little Mermaid and likely influenced it; these stories were strange and lovely, as so much of the mermaid mythology is. Enchanting, intriguing, and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. 4 stars. (Though I will say there was one point where the book dropped the ball: it assumed the "2017 Little Mermaid film"—which was actually released in 2018—was a live-action adaptation of the 1989 Disney film, which it is definitely not. Nor is it an adaptation of the Andersen story; it’s something completely detached from the classic Little Mermaid brand and my inner mermaid and Disney geek can’t help but be irritated that The Mermaid Handbook missed that.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carey Sabala

    Oh my gosh where do I start with this book? I received it in hardback and it is absolutely stunning. I didn't even want to unwrap it, it's just that precious looking. It honestly looks like one of those books you'd see in old TV Guide ads for the Bradford Exchange. Remember they'd show collectibles that were hundreds of dollars and you could make monthly installments because it was going to be a book you'd pass down for generations? Seriously people, it's just that beautiful! From the beautiful s Oh my gosh where do I start with this book? I received it in hardback and it is absolutely stunning. I didn't even want to unwrap it, it's just that precious looking. It honestly looks like one of those books you'd see in old TV Guide ads for the Bradford Exchange. Remember they'd show collectibles that were hundreds of dollars and you could make monthly installments because it was going to be a book you'd pass down for generations? Seriously people, it's just that beautiful! From the beautiful script, to the gold embossing, to the 250 pages of full color photos that include art of Mermaids from around the world. Each page is an eye full of knowledge, history and just wonderful fun facts. The author really did her research and Harper Collins put together a magnificent book. This should be in every mermaid, high fantasy, ocean fan and/or art lover's collection. Even the page edges have gold on them. I would consider this the jewel in whatever you collect or just place it as a decorative item on a coffee table. Whatever the reason you purchase it, know that you're getting quality literature, art and engrossing facts from the past to the present on everything Mermaid. Oh and this book next to her Faerie Handbook looks breathtaking on the shelf, just sayin'.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Erudite Gryffinclaw

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It covers both the fantastical and real life aspects of mermaids. This isn't someone's guide to mermaids in a universe they wrote, this book covers the mermaids that would be in real life. Covers Mermaids portrayed in movies, and in Lore from around the world. There are also DIY portions for Mermaid inspired trinkets like a mirror or a hair comb. There are also recipes, and to how to decorate a mermaid themed party. Instead of chapters, there are articles that I really enjoyed reading this book. It covers both the fantastical and real life aspects of mermaids. This isn't someone's guide to mermaids in a universe they wrote, this book covers the mermaids that would be in real life. Covers Mermaids portrayed in movies, and in Lore from around the world. There are also DIY portions for Mermaid inspired trinkets like a mirror or a hair comb. There are also recipes, and to how to decorate a mermaid themed party. Instead of chapters, there are articles that are about 4 pages at the most, this is good if you don't want to get too bogged down with information. There is also information about people who will make you a functional, and beautiful mermaid tail, to wear. There was apparently a mermaid show craze in the 1950s until about the mid 1970s, where performers would be "real life mermaids" where they could do practically anything underwater, without drowning. There was air hoses in the water, but this is still quite a feat. Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you are a mermaid fan. Personally, I would like my own copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska

    I was hoping for a little more substance in the history of mermaids and their kin throughout civilizations. This book is a fun read if you are looking for something quick, flowery and looking to simply pass the time. Turgeon does write about how civilizations or mythologies saw these mythical creatures but it felt short with just enough information that barely scratched the surface. I believe this book would be better centered for children and teenagers and even young adults especially those who I was hoping for a little more substance in the history of mermaids and their kin throughout civilizations. This book is a fun read if you are looking for something quick, flowery and looking to simply pass the time. Turgeon does write about how civilizations or mythologies saw these mythical creatures but it felt short with just enough information that barely scratched the surface. I believe this book would be better centered for children and teenagers and even young adults especially those whom would love to immerse themselves in the experience of being a mermaid. This has great crafting tutorials and recipes albeit you can find them online for free as well. For people like me who look for a more educated, seeking knowledge 'encyclopedia' - this is not the book for you. This truly is a handbook of glitter makeup, shell accessories and a deep diver of the Disney type mermaid that has submerged herself in our dreams since childhood.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ita

    This is an amazingly gorgeous book: lovely cover design, pretty endpapers and frontispiece, gilt edging. Wherever you open the book, there's an interesting picture or painting. I think she found every painting ever made of mermaids! I got this book because it was reviewed somewhere and there was a craft thing I wanted to make. I couldn't find it, but I did find a couple of other pretty things I can make. These crafty things are scattered throughout the book in the relevant sections. I did read bit This is an amazingly gorgeous book: lovely cover design, pretty endpapers and frontispiece, gilt edging. Wherever you open the book, there's an interesting picture or painting. I think she found every painting ever made of mermaids! I got this book because it was reviewed somewhere and there was a craft thing I wanted to make. I couldn't find it, but I did find a couple of other pretty things I can make. These crafty things are scattered throughout the book in the relevant sections. I did read bits of it (the first mermaid entertainer and the woman who makes fake mermaids tails for performers) and it was fascinating. It's divided into 4 parts: Fashion and Beaty Arts and Culture Real Mermaids and Where to Find Them Food, Entertaining, and Stories of the Sea.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shaelene (aGirlWithBookss)

    This is quite a neat book. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved mermaids and dreamed to be one, as an adult that still hasn’t changed much. In this book, we learn about the history of mermaids with some lovely paintings, photographs, recipes, and DIY’s to achieve that ethereal mermaid look. We learn about mermaid myths throughout all cultures across time, right up to the 1910s through the golden age of Hollywood and up to the current day and people who cosplay as mermaids and make a living This is quite a neat book. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved mermaids and dreamed to be one, as an adult that still hasn’t changed much. In this book, we learn about the history of mermaids with some lovely paintings, photographs, recipes, and DIY’s to achieve that ethereal mermaid look. We learn about mermaid myths throughout all cultures across time, right up to the 1910s through the golden age of Hollywood and up to the current day and people who cosplay as mermaids and make a living being mermaids for events and the makers of these gorgeous silicone tails. I thought this was an enjoyable and interesting book, I loved learning the history of mermaids and was glad I picked this book up on a whim. 3 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This book is lovely but I think I prefer the Fairy Handbook. It's hard to pin down what exactly but I just found this book was lacking something? The tutorials are lovely, with a nice variety of projects and there is some beautiful artwork. I think for me the problem was there is too much about old carnival shows and cocktail bars and less mythology and artist profiles? The fairy book had wonderful articles about fairy illustrators etc. and there isn't really much of that in this book. Still a l This book is lovely but I think I prefer the Fairy Handbook. It's hard to pin down what exactly but I just found this book was lacking something? The tutorials are lovely, with a nice variety of projects and there is some beautiful artwork. I think for me the problem was there is too much about old carnival shows and cocktail bars and less mythology and artist profiles? The fairy book had wonderful articles about fairy illustrators etc. and there isn't really much of that in this book. Still a lovely book and I did enjoy it but if I had to choose I'd pick the Fairy Handbook over this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paige Etheridge

    A wonderful read during lockdown. I will reference this book again and again. It's added mermaid magic to my diet, baths, decor, inspiration, etc. Wanted to read this for a long time. My mother and her bf surprised me by buying it for mr at the aquarium I spent my birthday at. Funny, since I never mentioned it tonher before! Anyway this has been a reminder of the magic in the world. As well as the fact I can have a magical career. A wonderful read during lockdown. I will reference this book again and again. It's added mermaid magic to my diet, baths, decor, inspiration, etc. Wanted to read this for a long time. My mother and her bf surprised me by buying it for mr at the aquarium I spent my birthday at. Funny, since I never mentioned it tonher before! Anyway this has been a reminder of the magic in the world. As well as the fact I can have a magical career.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Allen

    This book is so beautiful. My daughter wants to make the accessories and the Sailor's valentine for her room. The artwork is amazing, and the crafts and recipes are easy to follow and look yummy. I can't wait to try them out. This book is so beautiful. My daughter wants to make the accessories and the Sailor's valentine for her room. The artwork is amazing, and the crafts and recipes are easy to follow and look yummy. I can't wait to try them out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Grady

    Unfortunately, being landlocked in the American Midwest and only having visited the ocean once, I find it a bit different to relate to mermaids - except during summer. While I enjoyed The Faerie Handbook more than this one, it was still fun and interesting to encounter its contents and learn more about mermaid lore, amusement parks, entertainers, and sea recipes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Hryn

    A great book, she, Ms. Turgeonhas cover young to old, a lot of information with interesting projects and recipes to use. Looking forward to reading The Faerie Handbook.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    2.5. Personally I'd rather read a whole book like the middle historical portion. 2.5. Personally I'd rather read a whole book like the middle historical portion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kyra | Scales And Tales

    Delightful

  29. 4 out of 5

    cameron

    I’m ready to be a mermaid now

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trina Stets

    It was interesting to read and had great pictures and even craft ideas, plus recipes to try. Wonderful pictures and illustrations. Nice book for a fun change to your reading list.

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