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The Seal Mother
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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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.
Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked...moreMore about Mordicai Gerstein...