Interview with a Mermaid Princess About Her Adventures with Rubber Duckies, Bath Books, and Other Water Toys
Ariel and Her Favorite Undersea Toy Treasury
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 part of this cove?
Ariel: I love the willow trees that surround the cove. Their branches are like curtains that give me shade on hot sunny days. I can stay behind them when I play hide-and-seek with my friends.
Seafarer Mama: 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 duckie 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. I give my friends showers, too.
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 chatting with 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.
Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" song is Ariel's favorite
© 2010 Karen Szklany Gault