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Cuthbert and the Merpeople

by (author) Kathy Mezei

illustrated by Anne Stratford

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Sep 1992
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1992
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Kathy Mezei tells a delightful story of Cuthbert (son of Nellie of Loch Ness), who swims via the Northwest Passage to Hornby Island, off the British Columbia coast, where, in the deep sea caverns, and much to the terror of the local Merpeople, he takes up residence. A tale filled with adventure and great tenderness, one that brings the adventures of summer to life all year round.

About the authors

Kathy Mezei is a professor in the English Department at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and specializes in Canadian Literature. She wrote Cuthbert and the Merpeople one summer while camping on Hornby Island. Every day she would take her daughter, Robin, out in a canoe, tell her an episode, and then hurry back to shore where she would quickly type it up on her portable typewriter.

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Anne Stratford is an artist and travelling ESL teacher who loves communicating through different languages, pictures and acting. That Cuthbert and the Merpeople should be her first illustrated book seems especially appropriate; as a child, she longed to be a mermaid when she grew up. Anne Stratford is presently learning from and teaching students in grade six in the Ungula Bay area.

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