Mermaid – level 2
A mermaid lives in water. A mermaid is a woman but a part of her body is like a fish. There are a lot of stories about mermaids in books.
The word “mermaid” is made from “mere” which is an Old English word for “sea” and “maid” which is “young woman”.
The stories about Mermaids are about 3000 years old and the most famous story is The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen.
Mermaids are beautiful but have a bad reputation because they take people under water. They forget that people cannot breathe under water and so they kill them when they pull them down.
This short video is about Mermaids too:
Marshall, do you know how the myth (story) of mermaids came to be?
It was 300 years ago. Sailors stuck (stopped) at sea would get desperate (they needed very much) for female companionship (women). They got so bad that eventually (at the end) the manatees (sea animals) out in the water started to look like beautiful women, mermaids.
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