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The Seal Mother

4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A seal sheds her skin and becomes a beautiful woman, but even after marrying and bearing a son she longs to return to her seal family in the sea.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 30th 1990 by Puffin Books (first published October 30th 1986)
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Benji Martin
One of my goals is to not let my students graduate 5th grade without having been exposed to the wonderful myths of different cultures. This year, I've read lots of stories about leprechauns, Golems, Pookahs, fairies, Anansi, and many others. I realized last week while reading The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley, that I wanted my students to know about Selkies. I'm ashamed to say that I had never even heard of them before I was in college, so I set out to find the perfect Selkie book.

This one
Rose English
This is a beautifully illustrated story of the Selkies, creatures said to be magical. Seals who can become human on certain times of the year when the moon shimmers over the ocean.

It is said that men would often seek out the shed skin of the Selkie, then keep her on land as their wives.

A very old and moving folk tale. Difficult to get an original copy
Rebecca Stujenske
I had never heard of the scottish legend of the selkies and I came across this book at the Salvation Army. The girls loved it and it lead into more research on the legends of Ireland and Scotland. We then found the movie The Secret of Roan Inish.
Charming illustrations make this retelling of the traditional selkie story come alive. A refreshing change from the more well-known commercialized picture books. A treat for those who love selkie folktales.

A seal sheds her skin and becomes a beautiful woman, but even after marrying and bearing a son she longs to return to her seal family in the sea.
this book had a profound impact on my young--3ish--mind: magical and mystical, introducing the world of literature through a picture book
i found this at the library today. it is one of the most beautiful stories i have read.

A wonderfully sweet retelling of the selkie story.
Lovely! If you're intrigued, i definitely recommend it.
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