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235 x 278mm


32 Pages

Pub Date

Jul 4, 2024



Age 3+

Mariana and the Merchild

By Caroline Pitcher
Illustrated by Jackie Morris

A beautiful gift edition of this captivating story about care, kindness and love.

When lonely Mariana finds a Merbaby on the beach, hidden in a crab shell, she takes the baby home. She loves and cares for her, with the blessing of the baby's mother, the Sea Spirit, who comes regularly to breast-feed her child. Mariana knows that the Merbaby will have to return to the sea, but her own life has changed: she is no longer lonely and unloved.



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“Jackie Morris’s Klimt-like portrayals of the Sea Spirit demand endless revisits… and Caroline Pitcher’s words are as beautiful as the pictures.”

Sunday Telegraph

“An atmospheric, lyrical story with finely wrought art that evokes ethereal fairy-tale illustration.”

Publishers Weekly

"Conveyed in the emotionally rich telling are the rhythm of the waves, filial devotion, the loving care of children, and the knowledge of beasts. The beautiful illustrations are full of the laps and curves of the ocean, the brilliant colours of sea and sky, and the gorgeous reds and dusky browns of fabric, interiors, skin tones, and shells."

Kirkus Reviews


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Jackie Morris

Author and Illustrator

Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire.


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