#RubyTubeDay 06 Seal Mother

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse

by Rose English Illustrated by Hannah Ryan

One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.

Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse.

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We give this book 4 Paws & a Lick

4 paws plus

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Amazon Reviews

Miss Maria Gibbs 5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story

Format: Hardcover

William Coniston 5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Charming

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

JS Reads 5.0 out of 5 stars “Seal Mother” is a beautiful, poignant story for all ages.

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
“Seal Mother” by Rose English is a beautiful, poignant story told in rhyme. I love the fairy-tale feeling of the helpful mouse and the way a shell is used to communicate. Illustrations further bring this tale to life. The dance of the Selkies is one of my favorite pictures; it perfectly captures the moment.

Trapped on land, the Selkie has an overpowering need to reclaim her life in the sea, to be free, to be herself. The ending is powerful. This story spoke to me of our own need to be true to ourselves. “Seal Mother” would be an excellent read for all ages.


Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story broke my heart in that way a good book has when it stays with you. To me it was almost an allegory for man’s interference with nature and the consequences were dire. It was a beautiful story told in verse. I loved it enough I’m going to order the actual book. The Kindle version is lovely, but the illustrations need to be appreciated also. I highly recommend this book to all ages.

Happy Reading

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