Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign: Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse by Phoebe Tsang

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.


Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse
by Phoebe Tsang

Published: 2009
Genre: Fairy Tales, Poetry
Paperback: 62 pages
Rating: 4

Printed on FSC-certified mixed sources paper 95% and Ancient Forest Friendly.

Description from the publisher:
Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice.

These poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

Favorite stanza:
and scatter from the eaves in a flurry
of feathers, cries, and bits of old leaves
as if the child who still wanders
the ruins of castle walls had thrown
a pebble at the dark lake face of night
only for it to teal again, blank
as a mirror. And this is the clostest
I ever get to living, her in Fulda.
- The Princess and the Pauper, page 28

Interesting factoid from author:
The Baroque City of Fulda in Hesse, Germany, was the inspiration for "The Princess and the Pauper." Hesse also happend to be the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): serenading
Being that I like fairy tales, the theme of this book of poems was perfect for me.

I came across some pretty passages with scenes of love.

Would you like to give this a read...

~~~~*!~~ Book Giveaway ~~!*~~~~

Open to all.

Offer ends: November 28, 2010


The title of this book conjures fancifal images in my mind.

What item(s) would you imagine is in a Mermaid's Purse?

And, include your email in comments.


Contest has ended - winner is here


* review copy courtesy of publisher

* Read more about this campaign from the Green Books press release


  1. this looks like an itereting book; I think a mermaids purse wouldnt be complete without a shell comb :)

    kai charles

  2. I would like to imagine that a mermaid would carry some sea water and algae lip gloss for emergencies.

    Love that prose you posted too!


  3. I feel that she would have scaling lotion. You know, like moisturizing lotion, but mermaids have scales.
    So they need scaling lotion.
    I'll stop explaining the joke.

  4. I reviewed a poetry book this time around too. I love poetry and fairy tales...sounds like a good combination here.

    savvyverseandwit At gmail

  5. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  6. I'm thinking maybe some pearls and gold coins :)

  7. Not entering but I just had to exclaim and say I love the Green Books campaign -- such a great idea!

  8. I would think dry wipes (instead of wet wipes),some perfume to get rid of that fishy smell and a shell phone.

  9. Really a cool-sounding book! When I think of what a mermaid's purse holds, I imagine: a comb (made of bone) and 2 perfect shells (1 to keep and 1 to give as a gift to someone special). And maybe a small packet of octopus snacks - never know when those might come in handy!

  10. Definitely a mirror, a comb made from pearl, waterproof ipod featuring 'Under the Sea' & 'Kiss the Girl'. Most importantly, water resistant make up!!

  11. I love poetry and this sounds like a wonderful book!

    a Mermaid's Purse would need to contain a piece of mother of pearl polished so that it becomes a mirror...

  12. Some beautiful jewelry made out of pearls and seashells or other fancy jewels found in the sea. And of course mermaid makeup :)

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at)

  13. This sounds beautiful, and the idea of a Mermaid's Purse fires the imagination! I love everybody's creative answers, and I think there might be also included a:

    Pink pair of coral reef reading glasses complete with miniaturized wipers :D

  14. Love the cover it's gorgeous wow mermaid purse i like the premise fairy tales with a unique twist thank u so much for the creative contest i think a clam wallet with sand dollar and kelp eyeliner , coral reef hair brush

    shadowcat456 (at)

  15. It sounds quite interesting. Thank you for your review! :D And I like the idea of Green Books.

  16. I'm thinking of a fork in her purse, like Ariel The Little Mermaid would do.LOL

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  17. A mermaid's purse would have a fish bone comb and shell hair clips.



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