Robert Sabuda‘s The Little Mermaid is a beautifully illustrated pop-up book based on the original Hans Christian Anderson tale. Poor Little Mermaid sells her voice for a chance to gain the love of a prince that never sees her for who she is. Instead, she does a lovely act of self-sacrifice (as do her sisters) and earns an eternal soul. Far from the fairy tales where happily ever after includes a marriage, this story is bittersweet. While the prince does get married, it isn’t to the little mermaid.
The illustrations pop out on every page, amazing everyone in my family, a true book for all ages.