The Mermaid in the Bathtub

The Mermaid in the Bathtub, by Nurit Zarchi - 9781632062116.jpg
The Mermaid in the Bathtub, by Nurit Zarchi - 9781632062116.jpg

The Mermaid in the Bathtub


by Nurit Zarchi

Illustrations by Rutu Modan

Translated from the Hebrew by Tal Goldfajn

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

In a gorgeously retro illustrated reimagining of “The Little Mermaid,” Israeli author Nurit Zarchi and illustrator Rutu Modan bring us the poignant story of a worrywart named Whatwilltheysay, whose life is turned upside down by the spunky mermaid who shows up in his bathtub one day.

Book Details

List Price: $22.99 ISBN: 9781632062116 • Publication: 10/1/2019 • 9” x 11.5” • 36 pages • Children's Fiction / Israeli / Friendship / Fantasy / Accepting Difference • Ages 5 - 10 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632062123

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About the Book

Through vibrant, retro-inspired images we meet an ordinary young man named Whatwilltheysay, who returns home to find Grain of Sand, a mermaid, waiting for him. Although he finds her beautiful and charming, Whatwilltheysay can’t possibly fall in love with a fish—what would people say? Broken-hearted, Grain of Sand leaves Whatwilltheysay to return to his normal life. But soon he realizes his mistake and goes to sea in search of the love he’s nearly lost.

An entrancing illustrated story for readers ages five to ten, The Mermaid in the Bathtub finally brings into English a treasure of modern Israeli children’s literature.


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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.



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Nurit Zarchi is an Israeli poet and author 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.



Tal Goldfajn joined the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at UMass Amherst in 2017. 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 and editor of several academic works and her research interests include language and emotion, pragmatics and translation, translation theory and multilingualism.