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Tales of the Seal People: Scottish Folk Tales

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A collection of 14 selkie (half-seat halt-human creatures) tales from the Orkney and Shetland islands off the northern tip of Scotland.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Absolutely enchanting. Written just as if you'd hear the story from the original teller.
For grades 4 and up, ages 9 and up

A 14 story collection of Scottish folk tales from the Orkney and Shetland islands off the northern tip of Scotland featuring silkies, the seal people who can take human shape. May be a little tough for younger readers, but may become a family favorite for reading aloud.
If you like folktales, selkies, or oral traditions, this collection of Scottish seal-folk tales is a great way to spend a rainy day. They are told in the original cadence, so whether that's a plus or a minus depends on your taste. In either case, the book made this mythology major very happy.
Really enjoyed this, especially because the stories had not been restructured - they maintained their original structures as folk tales, and didn't seem to have been rewritten into short stories.

*Spoiler alert* - when in doubt, it's generally a selkie.
Jamie Saphara
Great folk tales! I first became enamored of selkie tales before a trip to Scotland. This book is a great collection for those interested in these types of folk tales.
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Nov 30, 2009 Claire S marked it as to-read
Recommended to Claire by: GR Reviews.
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A more accessible source, vs. the original story that 'Roan Inish' was based on: Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry..
If you like folktales than it is a must read of Scottish folktales. Great imagery.
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