Enchanting fantasy by creator of beloved “Oz” stories whisks young readers away on an exciting underwater adventure where they meet a school of beguiling mermaids, an aristocratic codfish and a bashful octopus, attend an elegant banquet, confront an awesome sea monster, and much more.
“Nobody,” said Cap’n Bill solemnly, “ever sawr a mermaid an’ lived to tell the tale.”
“Why not?” asked Trot, looking earnestly up into the old sailor’s face.
They were seated on a bench built around a giant acacia tree that grew just at the edge of the bluff. Below them rolled the blue waves of the great Pacific. A little way behind them was the house, a neat frame cottage painted white and surrounded by huge eucalyptus and pepper trees. Still farther behind that—a quarter of a mile distant but built upon a bend of the coast—was the village, overlooking a pretty bay.