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THE GIRL FROM THE SEA & OTHER STORIES by Sophia De Mello Breyner Andresen


by Sophia De Mello Breyner Andresen ; translated by Margaret Jull Costa & Robin Patterson

Pub Date: April 1st, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-912868-03-2
Publisher: Young Dedalus

A collection of short stories for children by a beloved Portuguese author.

A boy finds a green-haired, purple-eyed little girl by the sea and strikes up a new friendship that will change his life forever when they seek to fulfill their dreams. The Fairy Oriana discovers the importance of her life’s mission through a journey of self-awareness. A young girl learns the true meaning of Christmas after she befriends a poor boy. A Danish knight travels the world and back again in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Garden flowers throw an unforgettable secret party. Eleven-years-old Isabel meets a dwarf with a golden treasure and a centuries-old mission. An enormous, ancient tree is the centerpiece of life in a small Japanese island. A girl from a village in Japan inherits a magical mirror from her late mother. The author is one of Portugal’s greatest modern poets, and this first English translation of eight of her short stories abounds with allegories about nature, friendship, community, and ethics, all firmly rooted in the author’s Catholic faith and interwoven with fantastical elements. Two of the stories (“The Tree” and “The Mirror, or the Living Portrait”) are loose adaptations of Japanese folktales while the other six are standard European-style fables with strong didactic cores.

Will appeal to readers who appreciate tales with an old-fashioned flavor.

(Short stories. 8-12)