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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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Heather
Nov 24, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enchanting. Written just as if you'd hear the story from the original teller.
Linda
Sep 14, 2016 Linda added it
I got this through my library's InterLibrary Loan, which is a wonderful way to access all collections across the state. That's how I can get obscure titles that are moldering away in some university library up in the northern part of the state. It is wonderful!
This is for research for my novel which is set in Scotland. Toying with the idea of having one of the characters be a selkie. But then, hmmm. Not sure if it would fit.
These are folklore collected by a man who went around Scotland and list
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Warren Rochelle
Jan 27, 2016 Warren Rochelle rated it really liked it
I want to know more about selkies, or as they are called in this charming collection of tales, silkies. One of "Scotland's Travelling People, formerly called tinkers," Duncan Williamson learned these tales years ago "directly from working with crofters and fishermen along Loch Fyne," in Scotland (147, 3). Or from any one who "would tell him a tale" (back cover).

They are wonderful. These stories were, as Williamson explains, "never made, they were never set to any pattern. They were just 'somethi
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Angela
For grades 4 and up, ages 9 and up

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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.
Shannon
Jan 14, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
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.
Anne
Aug 24, 2013 Anne rated it liked it
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.
Everett
Oct 10, 2013 Everett rated it really liked it
If you like folktales than it is a must read of Scottish folktales. Great imagery.
Claire S
Nov 30, 2009 Claire S marked it as to-read
Recommended to Claire by: GR Reviews.
Shelves: a-tobe-shelved
A more accessible source, vs. the original story that 'Roan Inish' was based on: Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry..
Jamie Saphara
Jul 12, 2012 Jamie Saphara rated it it was amazing
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.
Belle Vilers
Jan 04, 2016 Belle Vilers rated it really liked it
Silkies > mermaids

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