An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 13

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The Queen of all Mermaids took the hand of her eldest daughter.

”I am weary.  Your time has come, time to take my place. Our people are waiting to crown you. Go, child’.

‘Are you not coming with me Mother?’ she asked.

‘I cannot Princess, this you must do alone to prove you are worthy.’

‘But where do I go?’ 

‘To the horizon’ her Mother said.

‘How will I know when I’m there?’ the Princess asked.

‘You will know little one. You will know’

And with that, her mother was gone.

She was alone. 


She swam with a kaleidoscope of fishes, through forests of coral and above deep dark places that made her shiver. But the horizon came no closer.

‘How far is the horizon?’ she asked a dolphin. ‘As far as you can see and farther still’ it said.

Which way is the horizon?’ she asked a starfish. ‘That way child’ it said pointing in five directions.

‘How long will it take?’ she asked an oyster. ‘How long is a string of pearls?’ it replied.

‘I’m tired, may I ride on your back?’ she asked a seahorse. ‘No Princess’ he said. ‘You have to go alone’.


Suddenly the ripples began to glow. Flowers floated around her. From the shimmering sea towered a rock of silver, gold and sparkling diamonds. At its peak, a jewel-encrusted throne and alongside it sat her Mother. Finally, she had reached the horizon.

She heard her Mother’s voice. ‘Your journey is over Princess. It’s time for you to lead your people’.

A hundred smiling mermaids swam to the surface and formed a circle around her. They splashed, they frolicked, they laughed with joy. They formed a nest of arms and gently lifted the Princess higher and higher. Songbirds of every colour fluttered and whistled, rainbow fish lept and dived. 

‘Place her upon the throne’ said her proud Mother. ‘Let us all welcome our new Queen of all Mermaids’ 


Tomorrow –




Previously G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




In 2018 – My Friend Rosey’s Mummy!


In 2017 – It was Amble Bay’s May Fayre





33 thoughts on “An A-Z of Children’s Stories – day 13

  1. isaiah46ministries Apr 15, 2019 / 03:03

    Wonderful story, and a reminder that the time comes to give overvto younger generations. We need to remember that in the November, 2020 elections.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 15, 2019 / 10:10

      Experience isn’t everything. Young minds are more open to new ideas. Thanks so much.


  2. QP and Eye Apr 15, 2019 / 06:28

    Lovely moral to the story, reminds me of my childhood stories that taught us important lessons of perseverance.

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  3. Violet Lentz Apr 15, 2019 / 15:32

    This is especially brilliant with all its silver gold and diamonds! Love it , Keith.

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  4. randommusings29 Apr 15, 2019 / 21:31

    Great story with a great lesson about hard work paying off too

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 16, 2019 / 21:10

      Very true, we just go round and round – except in fairy tales! Thanks for dropping by.


  5. Shilpa Garg Apr 16, 2019 / 18:19

    That’s a lovely story with a great lesson about perseverance and hard work. Good one, Keith!


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 18, 2019 / 01:08

      I wonndered what you would make of it being something a Little Mermaid expert! Thanks so much for your kind words Cathy


  6. StuHN Apr 21, 2019 / 20:35

    She had to swim the seven seas and know her kingdom in its entirety. I think this is my favorite. Thanks.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 22, 2019 / 00:04

      It’s the I’m most pleased with, so I’m delighted you enjoyed it. Cheers Stu.


  7. Veena S. Jun 10, 2020 / 07:32

    Simple yet meaningful story! How aptly and poetically you suggested the different sea creatures – starfish -pointing in 5 directions, oyster – long string of pearls. They give a profound meaning.

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