Daring to Dream

Gallery: Books and Short Stories (7)

The Sea Witch and the Sharks (2008)
While exploring a shipwreck Ariel encounters a shark and manages to escape when a music box puts the shark in trance. Ursula sees this happen and decides to use it to her advantage. This story was included in the Scary Storybook Collection.

Ariel and Zippy (2007)
It's Alana's birthday, and Ariel's out to set up the perfect gift. Along the way she meets Zippy, an energetic and enthusiastic dolphin, who wants to help out.

Ariel's Big Rescue (2008)
Ariel chances upon a ship in trouble and comes to the rescue, as one does. The art's pretty good! This short story was featured in one of the 5-Minute Princess Stories books.

A Special Surprise (2008)
This story's an interlude in the film, set after Eric's rescue and before the deal with Ursula. Ariel's yearning for Eric, and comes up with the idea of sneaking to the surface and singing for him in secret. It's a nice "what could have been", and a cool callback to the original Hans Christian Andersen story. This short story was featured in one of the 5-Minute Princess Stories books.

The Birthday Surprise (2010)
Adella has a birthday celebration and Ariel's not going to let the fact that she's human stop her from taking part in her sister's party. It's a charming story showing how Ariel keeps in touch with her Atlantican family, with great art to boot. This story was part of a Princess series of illustrated novels, and the scans below is of the art only.

Ariel's Dolphin Adventure (2010)
Ariel misses her sea friends, and Eric tries to help by building a wall to create an artificial lagoon that allows her friends to come right up to shore. Then a baby dolphin accidentally gets stuck in there, oops. Gorgeous art, spiffy acknowledgement of some canonical bits (especially the lagoon of the Kiss the Girl scene) and King Triton gets a hilarious comeback in his appearance. ("You're only human." Oh snap.) This story was released as its own book 2010, but it's also been compiled with other princess stories in various collections.

Ariel's Dance Class (2010)
This board book has Ariel being inspired by human dancing and trying to introduce that to the underwater citizens of Atlantica.

Ariel and the Lost Whirlpool (2010)
Strange things are afoot King Triton's castle, and Ariel is up for investigating what's going on. There's some really nifty depictions of rooms never or rarely seen in Triton's castle, and the art is pretty cool, too. This book is part of the Princess Castle Book series.

The Holiday Treasure Hunt (2010)
Ariel and Eric are celebrating Christmas on land, and Ariel has a wee bit of a dilemma about the presents she's gotten for everyone else, but with some quick thinking that dilemma becomes an adventure. This story was originally packed in A Royal Christmas in 2010, but the one I have is from 2014's Perfect Princess Christmas.

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