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by Nurit Zarchi

Illustrations by Rutu Modan

Translated from the Hebrew by Tal Goldfajn

Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | Ages 5 - 10

The Mermaid in the Bathtub is a charming, gorgeously retro retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story “The Little Mermaid,” by beloved Israeli author and illustrator duo Nurit Zarchi and Rutu Modan.

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About the Book

One day, a resolutely ordinary young man named Whatwilltheysay returns home to find Sandgrain, a mermaid, waiting for him in his favorite armchair. Despite his objections, the two embark on a series of very watery adventures as he tries to get rid of her. But ultimately the thought of being seen with half a fish is simply too much for Whatwilltheysay to bear—what would people say? So broken-hearted Sandgrain returns to the sea in his bathtub, leaving Whatwilltheysay to resume his pedestrian existence. Whatwilltheysay soon finds that his beloved landlubber life, however, lacks the splash and shimmer (and bathtub) of his good times with Sandgrain—and acting against all his instincts, he sets off to sea to find her.


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About Yonder

Yonder is a new imprint from Restless Books devoted to bringing the wealth of great stories from around the globe to English-reading children, middle graders, and young adults. Books from other countries, cultures, viewpoints, and storytelling traditions can open up a universe of possibility, and the wider our view, the more powerfully books enrich and expand us. In an increasingly complex, globalized world, stories are potent vehicles of empathy. We believe it is essential to teach our kids to place themselves in the shoes of others beyond their communities, and instill in them a lifelong curiosity about the world and their place in it. Through publishing a diverse array of transporting stories, Yonder nurtures the next generation of savvy global citizens and lifelong readers.


About the Author

Nurit Zarchi is an Israeli poet and author of books for adults and children. Zarchi has published many poems in children’s magazines and over 100 children’s books, poetry, prose and research. Zarchi has received major Israeli awards including the Bialik Prize, the Ze’ev Prize (four times), and she was twice the winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for her literary work.



Rutu Modan is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and former editor of the Hebrew edition of MAD Magazine. She received a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for her book Exit Wounds in 2008.


About the Translator

Tal Goldfajn joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass Amherst last Fall (2017). Before that she taught in the Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities and in the Diploma Studies in Translation and Revision at Tel Aviv University, Israel, as well as at the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She earned her Ph.D. in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford, and her B.A. in Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the author of, among others, Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative (Oxford University Press), and a co-editor of a special issue on Translation and History in Latin America published by the Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe (Tel Aviv University). Her research interests include language and emotion, pragmatics and translation, translation theory and multilingualism. She is the Managing Editor of the Mediterranean Historical Review (Taylor & Francis) and a practicing translator (Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Hebrew). More recently her Hebrew translation of the plays A Kiss in the Asphalt by Nelson Rodrigues (from Brazilian Portuguese) and Caricias by Sergi Belbel (From Spanish and Catalan) were staged in Tel Aviv.