Book Club Returns: Let’s Dive Right in Under the Sea

Lynnette J. (NDM#271) (13 Posts)

Lynnette’s love of all things Disney grew out of the close connection it had to good times spent with her family. Whether that was loading up the car to go see the latest Disney film at the drive-in, watching World of Disney every Sunday night together, or pouring over the newest Grolier Disney book to show up in the mail, it always included time spent together. As a native Southern California girl, her family took yearly trips to Disneyland. Those memories gave her a greater love for the Magic that continues today. Lynnette is a mom of two, an elementary school teacher, and avid reader.


Have you missed our book club?? I sure have! I am excited to say that it is back and I have some fun things planned for us. If you missed the beginnings of the book club, that’s okay. We’re starting brand spanking new and you can just jump in anytime!

One of the best parts of reading a story is when you talk about it with someone else who is reading it, too. I love to hear how someone else thinks about a character, how they feel when certain events happen, or if they see something differently than I did while reading.  Every month I’ll be reading a book that somehow relates to Disney.  I want you to read along with me.  We’ll read a few chapters a week and talk about them together.  You can comment on the Disney Driven Life blog and bi-monthly chats are being planned as a way to meet together as a club and hash out the books we read.  Look for book club posts every Friday. As Mama Odie says, “This gonna be goooooood!!”

Original Front Cover illustration by Christian Birmingham for  Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ published by Walker Books, 2009

Original Front Cover illustration by Christian Birmingham for Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ published by Walker Books, 2009

We’re going to start off with a short story…just to get our feet wet (pun totally intended). How many of you have actually read the original tale of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen? Published in 1837, this is the story about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. We know the Disney version with Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian, but what was the actual story that inspired the film? Let’s read it together and find out!

Where to find it:

  • Dust off that library card and check it out from your local facility.  Use their online request system to reserve your copy
  • Several editions are available on Amazon including paper or hardback, collector’s editions, and annotated versions
  • Digital versions available are numerous including a free ebook through Project Gutenberg or free through Online Literature
  • Available for download to Kindle and Nook.

Reading for this week: Since this is a short story, it can probably be read within a week, however we’ll take 2 weeks since we are just starting out! There aren’t chapters in this story, so we will read until we get to “I will go to the sea witch…but she can give me counsel and help.”

Happy Reading!!


  • Shojib Ashrafi Na Ashrafi

    I love your drawings and have been silently following. What kind of ink do you use for

    your drawings? And do you ink before or after you watercolor?