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.
The sequel, Sky Island, is also available.
179 pages, with a reading time of ~2.75 hours (44,750 words), and first published in 1911. This DRM-Free edition published by epubBooks, 2009.
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“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.