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A long time has passed since I read this story; therefore, I had to do a little research on this subject. Instead of reading about it in brreyner article in the internet, I chose to download a document which contained the whole story.

It was quite easy and quick to reread the twelve pages of the text.

It brought back some childhood memories and that pleasant feeling of wonder before such an imaginative story. It was included in the Portuguese National Reading Plan for students who attend the 5 th form. Its success extends beyond its mere reading: In this story, Sophia pays tribute to her great passion for the sea and everything that is related to it: One day, the boy whose name is never revealed is strolling along the sea when he notices a subtle murmur coming from the rocks.

He then distinguishes four distinct voices laughing, and to his surprise discovers the source of the sound. In a puddle of water, four creatures are gathered: Looking intently, he realized it was a really small girl, about the size of his hand.


She had green hair, purple eyes and was wearing a dress made of reddish seaweeds. They all appeared to be having fun with each other, the little girl dancing while her friends were imitating musical instruments.

Impulsively, the boy picked her up and ran away from the water so melli he could ask her what she was. As she calmed down, he learned about her life story: They all lived inside a cavern; the crab was the cook and designed her clothes, the octopus cleaned the house, and the fish was her best friend.

Books by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

She was simply known as The Girl from the Sea. She then begged to return to the sea.

They planned to see each other again the next day, during the low tide. The boy found out what lies beneath the sea, and that The Girl from the Di danced regularly to entertain the Big Ray Fish, who ruled that part of the sea. In return, she discovered many earthly things, such as flowers, the fire and wine.

As the days passed and the two became more and more fond of each ddo, they plotted to get her out of the sea for a while, placing her in a bucket full of water, to prevent her from drying. However, as they were making their way out of the sea, a raft of octopus attacked the boy.


Books by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Author of A Menina do Mar)

In fact, the Big Ray Fish had discovered their plan and ordered the sea creatures to prevent The Girl from the Sea from running away. Even if almost ten years have passed since she deceased, it consists, in my opinion, in a beautiful homage and tribute to this amazing writer and activist. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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