Interview with a Mermaid Princess About Her Adventures with Rubber Duckies, Bath Books, and Other Water Toys
Ariel the mermaid princess dishes about her treasures
In a small cove by a secret island, Ariel, a little mermaid of about 6 years old, granted me an interview about where she spends most of her time and the menagerie of water toys she likes to play with.
The interview ~
Seafarer Mama: The first question I have for you is about this cove. What is your favorite thing to do in this cove?
Ariel: I like to swim and meet my friends to play games with them.
Seafarer Mama: Do you ever come here alone?
Seafarer Mama: What do you do then?
Ariel: I read [my bath] books, like "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and "Mermaid Hug."
Seafarer Mama: Are there any more books you like to read?
Ariel: Yes, "Peter Rabbit."
Seafarer Mama: They sound like fun books. What is your favorite piece of treasure to play with?
Ariel: My red fish.
Seafarer Mama: What do you like to do with your red fish?
Ariel: I like to hold it while it swims and to make it talk.
Seafarer Mama: What is your next favorite water treasure you like to play with?
Ariel: My green frog.
Seafarer Mama: What types of things do you do with your frog?
Ariel: I like to make it jump and talk. I make the green frog and red fish talk to each other.
Seafarer Mama : Is there anything else?
Ariel: I like to make the green frog jump on my head. That tickles my hair and makes me laugh.
Seafarer Mama : Which toy is next on your list of favorites?
Ariel: I like my "Elmo" on a rowboat. I make him race the red fish and the green frog.
Seafarer Mama : Who usually wins?
Ariel: Elmo does. Then I bring in Telly laying on his back on a raft. Elmo wins when Telly races, too.
Seafarer Mama : Are there any more treasures you include in your play here in the cove?
Ariel: There is a yellow boat shaped like an island, and I like to put all my friends on the boat to float on the water, and go places. I put Elmo and Telly, my purple octopus babies, Ernie with his rubber ducky tube around his middle, my little rubber duckies, the red fish, and the green frog on it. I give them all rides on the yellow boat from one end of the cove to the other. There is also a little shower that looks like a flower that rains water on my head.
Seafarer Mama :What about those octopus babies? What is their story?
Ariel: The octopus babies lost their mommy, so I have been taking care of them and playing with them.Their names are Matt, Scott, and Ross. I also have twin little blue fishes named Sarah. They all like me to read the octopus and mermaid hug book to them.
Seafarer Mama: Anyone else?
Ariel: Sometimes I like to play with my pink poof sponge. It is a pretty net that looks like a rose bud, and to have my friends float on rings down the length of the cove.
Seafarer Mama: You have a great collection of treasures to play with down here. Thank you for talking to me about them.
Ariel: You're welcome.
We parted at that moment and she gracefully dove deeper into the sea, ready to eat dinner with her merfamily.
Ariel and Her Favorite Undersea Toy Treasury
Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" song is Ariel's favorite
© 2010 Karen Szklany Gault
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