Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Edition TALES OF THE MER FAMILY ONYX: Mermaid Stories on Land & Under the Sea- Excerpt from story of Coney Island Mermaid Parade


A Modern Classic For Children
by Sonia Taitz, author of  Great With Child

"The Tales of the Mer Family Onyx are nothing short of spectacular. The author has created a beautiful and convincing alternative world—a modern-day Oz or Thousand Acre Wood. The stories of this mermaid family are engaging, imaginative, and gorgeously written and wisely resolved. Each chapter presents an adventure involving the children of the Mer Family, who rule the undersea world. From the powerful and majestic Neptune to the smallest mer baby, each character comes alive and will appeal to children of all ages, whether male or female. What a joy to find a new classic like this in our fast-paced, modern world!"

I am announcing the publication of my New Edition, which will be published on 6/20.
I want to donate books to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, an inspiration for these stories .The Pelekinesis New Edition will be available at

I ask anyone considering a used copy to understand this is not a reprint. New Editions have significantly new material, why they are issued another ISBN. I have wanted this book to be the best it could be. It's definitive. That means edits and rewrites, proofing, writing a preface and Reader's Guide to talk about why there's Mer lore, among other crucial issues. I have also made illustrations.

Chapter 4 is set at the Parade, what happens, when a real mermaid decides to meet earth ones she saw on a Mermaid Parade poster underwater.  Here's a sample. 

" Her idea began deep under water, where she saw a piece of torn
cloth fluttering under a funny set of metal chains with great
cylinders attached."

Excerpt from Chapter 4. Sapphire’s 16th birthday at the Coney
Island Mermaid Parade

Shyly, Sapphire poked her head up from the sea and looked at the sky. Now that she was of age she could break the surface, though she had to consider the ancient warning about showing herself.
Yet what harm could there be in wanting to see land-based mermaids—kin? She would wait and they would swim by. Sapphire imagined a parade, Mer folk swimming in a line with much noise and laughter. She would join the singing, as they went from one part of the island to the other.

She found a good rock not too close to the boardwalk, though close enough to see it and the waters that must bring her folk. Sapphire took out her abalone mirror and comb of shark’s teeth. Neptune said whole eternities passed in the time it took his daughters to comb their hair.
Patience was a mermaid trait. Sapphire’s long hair was blue black and turquoise. As
she brushed, it shone like sea foam touched with sky. In the mirror, she looked to the water but on the boardwalk saw a strange assembly of sea creatures.

Almost a different species, she thought, zooming in on two mermaids with orange and yellow hair cut in a flat straight line, holding a banner. The long purplish hair of another mermaid was
filled with sea creatures of an unfathomable shiny material. They could not be living things, she thought. And what is that fearsome creature? More demon than Mer, it bared fangs at several men holding black boxes at funny angles. Suns popped from the boxes and faded. Then Sapphire noticed,
floating in the demon mermaid’s forehead, a curious eyeball.

Unseeing, she thought, in an unreal eye socket, like the rest of the creature. Were there no natural sights? She spotted a young boy with green streaky skin and dull whitish hair carrying a red trident of some inert material.

Almost a different species, she thought, zooming in on two
mermaids with orange and yellow hair cut in a flat straight line