Gulnare of the Sea is one of the enduringly entertaining tales from The Arabian Nights. A mysterious lady is brought to the palace of a great sultan but she never utters a word and does nothing but stare at the sea – all day, every day. Eventually her story unfolds and we are treated to a sumptuous tale of enchantment, sorcery, magical transformations and adventure. In the story of Gulnare a watery sea-theme pervades everything, creating magical underwater kingdoms and raging under-the-sea battles. A rarely-told gem from the Arabian Nights, this is beautifully illustrated storytelling at its very best.

Take a look inside this fantastic new retelling by Kelley Townley with illustrations by Anja Gram.