A retelling of a traditional Cornish folktale, illustrated in full colour by Michael Foreman. Next time you stare out to sea and spot a glimmering in the waves, look closer...it just might be a merrymaid! When Zachy's friend, Tom Taskis meets a mysterious young lady, it is only Zachy who knows she's a merrymaid! Tom asks Zachy not to say a word before he and his beautiful maiden disappear into the rushing water. Nearly a year later, when Zachy discovers a merrychild swept in from the crashing waves, he returns it to the spot where he last saw his friend Tom with the beautiful merrymaid...but will he see Tom or the merrymaid again?
Charles Causley was born in Cornwall, and apart from six years spent in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, he lived there all his life. He was one of Britain's foremost poets and wrote for both adults and children. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967 and appointed CBE in 1986. In 1987 he won the Kurt Maschler Award for Jack the Treacle Eater, and in 1990 the Ingersoll/T.S. Eliot Award of America. Charles Causley died in 2003.