Hi kids! Ms. Booksy here at Cool School! It’s time to read Chapter 4 of The Little Mermaid! At the end of Chapter 3, the prince had just fallen overboard! Let’s see what happens next! We have to save the Prince! I’m on it! We’ll never be able to get him back on the ship! Let’s carry him to shore! Got him! Who are you? I’m the one you wished for. Uh oh…here comes a human! We have to go! But… No buts! Let’s go!!! Goodbye, my prince! I’ll come back for you, I promise! Sir, are you okay? Where is she? Where’s my princess? You fell overboard. You must have hit your head. No, she was here. She saved me… Whatever you say, sir… MS. BOOKSY: Back at the sea palace, the Little Mermaid told her sisters all about her adventure with the prince. No way. I don’t believe you. It’s true! I saved him! Well, Dolph helped. But he looked right into my eyes! And you know what? It’s true love, I just know it! Give it up! You’re a mermaid, he’s a human. Um, never gonna happen. Yeah, go to sleep. Good idea! Then I can dream of my prince all night! MS. BOOKSY: And she did. The Little Mermaid dreamt of her prince…but something was off… Ah! Oh no! That’s not right! Sea Witch! No! I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch… I’m not a witch!! That’s it! I’ll go to the sea witch!! She’ll know how to give me human feet! BOOKSY: And so the Little Mermaid went straight to the sea witch. Ahhh, the king’s daughter. What do you want, sweetheart? Um, well, I wanted to ask you, um… about… feet? You want to ask me about feet? Well, I guess what I really want is to be a human. Reeeeeaaally? How interesting… Is it? When you were here last I offered you a trade. You could have anything you wished for… and I would have your VOICE! Can’t you just do some witch magic? Like how about I just pay you ant then you turn me into a human and then you can work up some other spell for a nice voice– Oh! Um… Not that your voice isn’t nice!… I love your voice. Yeah, sure… And why do you want to be a human so badly? Well, there’s this prince and I saved him from drowning…well Dolph did, but that’s beside the point. I think I love him! Oh, the prince, not Dolph. Oh… I love the prince! I don’t know, whatever! I mean, it’s complicated! Okay, here’s what I can do. I’ll grant your wish. You’ll be a human– Really?? But you only have one month! If you can’t make the prince fall in love with you in one month, then you will return to the sea, not as a mermaid, but as a sea urchin! A sea urchin?? And everyone knows sea urchins are the worst. Yeah, they’re awful! They hide in the sand and stick you with their stingers! Yeah, terrible. Oh, and I WILL be needing that voice of yours. But how will I talk to the prince? He needs to hear how funny and charming I am! He needs to hear me sing! And hear my laugh! And hear my Dolph impression! Hey! I’m Dolph! I’m over here! Little Mermaid, let’s swim! …I guess that one’s more of an inside joke but the point IS, I need my voice! We can trade! Trade? Who’re you? [Sea Witch’s voice] I’m the girl who saved ya! Ah! Sea Witch! Eh…well…maybe it’s more mysterious and enchanting with no voice at all? Very well. Let’s review: You’ll be a human, but if you can’t make the Prince fall in love with you, then you’ll turn into a sea urchin, and I’ll have your voice! Forever! Deal? Deal. Abrakadabra! [Mermaid’s voice] Pleasure doing business with you! [mouthing words] What’s that? I can’t hear you. [mouthing words] Oh, your feet! Just swim toward land. When you emerge from the water you will have your feet! MS. BOOKSY: The Little Mermaid swam toward the shore, faster than she’d ever swum before! She was so excited! But then she started to think about everything that was at stake… What if she and the Prince didn’t get along? Oh no! She hadn’t thought of that! What if the plan backfires and she gets turned into a sea urchin, never to see Dolph or her family ever again?? But the Little Mermaid soon forgot her worries because she had arrived at the beach… She had two fully functioning, not at all tentacle-y, FEET! Ow ow owie! Ow ow ow! Sea urchin! Told you they were the worst! But at least I have my very own feet! Let the dancing begin! Well, as soon as my foot stops stinging… Darn urchins! And that’s the end of Chapter 4! Chapter 5 will be here soon, I promise! And if you missed Chapters 1 and 2, just stay right where you are!! Hi kids! It’s me, Ms. Booksy here at Cool School’s Story Time! Today we’re going to read The Little Mermaid. We’ve done The Little Mermaid before, but you see, there’s just so much more to the story! So let’s get started with The Little Mermaid, Chapter One! Once upon a time there was a Little Mermaid. Very little. See? There she is! Anyway, the Little Mermaid was not just a mermaid… She was also a princess. Daughter of the mighty Sea King! And she had five older sisters, also princesses! One of the Little Mermaid’s favorite things to do was listen to her sisters’ stories about the world beyond the water. See, whenever one of the princesses turned 18, she was allowed to go to the surface of the ocean. There, she could see the sky, and the birds, and the clouds. And if they were extra lucky, they might even see a ship with humans onboard! Sometimes, though, the Little Mermaid got the sense that her sisters were just making stuff up. Human people have eight legs. They kinda look like octopuses! I think it’s octopi. Whatever! Some humans have a horn on their head, just like a narwhal! No way! You’ll see… Land people have eyes all over their body so they can see everything at once. Nuh-uh. Yeah, they do! Blegh! I don’t believe it! I think humans are beautiful! I guess they are. If you like lots of eyes and horns and stuff! MS. BOOKSY: When the Little Mermaid was almost a hundred percent sure they were fibbing, she would go to her dad. Dad, is it true that human people have eight legs and a narwhal horn and lots of eyes and that they wrestle sharks and eat whale blubber for dessert? The only thing you need to know about people is that they are dangerous and you should never speak to one! Ugh! When am I going to get my chance to see the humans? I feel like I’ll never turn 18! MS. BOOKSY: But of course, she did grow up. See, there she is! Right before her 18th birthday! Hi! Let me tell you about life as a sea princess! We lived in a palace made of shells and pieces of treasure from sunken ships! At night, each princess slept in a bed of beautiful sea flowers! And you’ve heard of a school of fish, right? That’s where we studied and learned! Actually, we did lots of things that human girls did—just a little…differently. We played sports We went to the movies! Sh! Only problem… popcorn gets soggy underwater! We acted in plays! To swim, or not to swim? That is the question! You shoulda seen me in South Pacific! The Ocean Times said I was a “star”… Imagine, me, a starfish! So basically I was just a regular girl! Oh, except my best friend was a dolphin. Hi there! I guess you humans might not think that’s regular. Dolph and I would swim around and get into all kinds of adventures. Like one time we swam down way super deep, down into the part of the ocean that is so dark— —you can’t see your own tail! And then all of a sudden we saw a glowing blob floating toward us… Ahh! Giant bioluminescent marine worm with fangs! Creepy! Bioluminescent means it glows. Yeah, obviously. Let’s get out of here! And then another time we hitched a ride on a shark! They can swim real fast! And they have scary big teeth! But they can’t turn their heads, so they’re like… Guys, what’s back theeeere?? I don’t know, man. I don’t see nothin’! The craziest adventure was when we sneaked into the Sea Witch’s house! She lived in a giant sunken pirate’s ship. Suuuper creepy! But also super cool! The Sea Witch had gone out to get a carton of whale milk for her coffee. We swam inside and— Wow! Cool! We were playing with a sword, well I was, well I was, Dolph can’t hold a sword. No hands! And I was just about to defeat the pretend pirate ghost I was battling, when— [singing] La la la la It’s the witch! Hide! No, let’s get out of here— Out of where? AHHHH! AHHHH! Care to tell me what you’re doing in my house? Nothing! Yeah! We took a wrong turn! Yeah! We don’t even like it here! I mean, that’s not what I mean. I mean, um, see ya! Not so fast. Are you the daughter of the King? Um… yeah? I saw you on TV! You sang the Oceanic Anthem before the big squid dash in the orca race last year! Oh, I just love your voice! Here, have some tea. Why, thank you! Excuse me… Yes, a beautiful voice… You wouldn’t want to trade it, would you? My voice?? Yes. I would give you something wonderful in return, anything you wished. We should really get going. Yes, I hate to be rude, but NO THANKS! Okay, we are never going back there. Definitely not! See you tomorrow at my place? Not if I see you first! Fun fact: dolphins have very good eyesight! It’s true! And really good hearing! Yeeep! And they’re nosy. Bottle-nosy! Heard that too and it wasn’t that clever! Well… I thought it was pretty funny. He has a bottlenose… get it? Anyway. You may be wondering what was happening the next day. Nothing major… Just my EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY!!!! We were having a huge party. Everyone was there—all my friends, my sisters, and my mom and dad! There was a piñata! Tons of balloons! And pin-the-tail-on the tiger shark! Hey! Cut that out! And of course we had a huuuuuuge cake! No candles, though, cuz you know…water. But I still made a wish. [thinking] I wish that when I swim to the top of the ocean and look out— —that I’ll see a real, live human prince, a handsome one! NOT like what my crazy sisters keep telling me about… Like, I hope he only has two eyes… like the handsome princes I’ve seen in my fairy tale books! I want to see him dance and ride a bike and play soccer! Oh, and I’d also like to dance and ride a bike and play soccer. That sounds cool! Hey, maybe I want to be a human! Just for a little while… Ahem. Oh, sorry! And I’m done! What’d you wish for? I can’t tell you that! But I will tell you that first thing tomorrow morning you and I are going to the top of the ocean! I do that every morning. It’s how I breathe. Oh… I always forget that you’re an air breather! Hey, have you ever seen a person? Not up close. What do you wanna see a human for? No reason! MS. BOOKSY: The Little Mermaid was so excited about her first trip to the surface of the ocean that she could barely sleep! She tossed and turned in her bed all night. Finally, she drifted off to sleep and dreamed…of having human feet! Hello fellow human people, thank you for coming to my dance recital! Now, watch me dance with my brand-new feet! [applause] Thank you! Thank you! Ah! Eyeball guy! Yuck! But the prince was very handsome! MS. BOOKSY: The next morning the Little Mermaid and Dolph swam toward the top of the ocean, where the water meets the sky. Last one there’s a rotten turtle egg! Look! A ship! The Prince… It’s him! … The who? What? Let’s go! MS. BOOKSY: When the Little Mermaid and Dolph got to the surface, they looked out and saw a magnificent ship, definitely fit for— A prince! There’s gotta be a prince on that ship. I just know it! What prince? THAT prince! What a dreamboat! It is a nice boat, I guess. No, HE’s the dreamboat! That means he’s a total cutie pie. I don’t like pie. Humans LOVE pie. Gosh, you don’t know anything about people, do you Dolph? I know that that one is looking right at us… What? Ah! I can’t let the prince see me like this! Like what? As a mermaid! But you ARE a mermaid! And he’s a HUMAN, Dolph. Never, in any of the hundreds of fairy tales I’ve read, have I ever heard of a human falling in love with a mermaid! Love? Already? Sheeeesh. Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away, but he looks just like a storybook prince! Not at all like my sisters described. They said humans have horns and eight legs and a hundred eyes! But this human only has two perfectly perfect eyes. Maybe we should go home. I have a better idea! Let’s go see what he’s doing now! It’s his birthday, too?? Oh em gee whiz! We are sooo meant to be!
Look! He’s about to blow out his candles! REAL candles, Dolph! Oh wow. I wonder what he’s gonna wish for… …. Maybe it’s to meet a mermaid? I wish that he would wish to meet a cool mermaid (me obviously) and fall in loooove, and then, like magic, I turn into a human! With feet!!! We could go on long walks on the beach, do a three-legged race, get matching pedis, go shoe shopping, and of course DANCE! We would probably be the best dancers in the whole world! Are you doooone? I’m getting hungry. We’ve been here forever! Hold your seahorses. Just a little longer… Dolph! They. Are. DANCING! That’s dancing? It looks like they got shocked by an electric eel! It’s beautiful… Look at all the colors! It’s so pretty! What is it? I think they’re fireworks! I’ve heard of them, but never knew they were so cool! Look! That one looks like a smiley face! Cool! MS. BOOKSY: The two watched until the fireworks were over and all the people had gone down into the boat’s cabin. Okay, show’s over. Let’s go home. Wait! Look! Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. Didn’t he already make a wish on his birthday candles? Dolph! Be quiet!! I wish I didn’t have to get married. At least not to any of the princesses around here. I just want to meet someone who gets me… [whispering] I get you. Someone who likes the things I like. Someone I can talk to… someone down to earth who likes to take long walks and dance… I’M HERE! It’s me! Be MINE! Huh? Wh-Wh-Whoooaaaaaaa! I’lllll saaaaave yoooooouuuuu! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss Chapter 5! Oh! And tell me what YOU think will happen next! Comment below! Or… You could write me a letter! Just send it to the Cool School mailbox! Here’s the address! Okay, now click right over here to subscribe and over here to watch more stories! Bye kids! See ya!