Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland, by Marianne McShane, illustrated by Jordi Solano.
An Irish storyteller revisits a little-known Irish legend in a haunting, beautifully illustrated tale of kindness, music and longing.
Long ago, on the East coast of Ireland, a monk was collecting driftwood along the shore when he found a boy washed up amid a circle of seals. At first the boy could barely move or speak. But when he regained his strength, he recalled being brought ashore by a lady with long golden hair who sang him to safety and gave him a silver ring.
The monks knew the legend of a mermaid who had wandered the coast for three hundred years. Could it possibly have been her?
Inspired by a story told in medieval chronicles of Irish history, Marianne McShane weaves a captivating tale, while Jordi Solano captures the legend’s spare but welcoming abbey on the rocky shore – a setting that makes you believe that if you listen hard enough, you too can hear the mermaid’s song.