Sunday, 19 July 2020

#SundayReviews: The Book of Selkie


I remember being a child and getting my first book of paper dolls. How fun it was to open the pages and be able to cut out dolls and outfits! When I came across The Book of Selkie, I was ecstatic!

The illustrations in this book were gorgeous. And I haven't seen a paper doll book in ages. The short poems add to the content in addition to the lovely history lesson at the end on the folklore of the Selkie.
I greatly enjoyed this story! Thank you to Nimbus Publishing for providing a free copy through NetGalley.

Oh to be a Selkie,
And live between two worlds
Half your days spent as a seal,
And the other half, a girl…

Stories about the selkie have been told for hundreds of years by those who live near the North Atlantic and North Sea. Sometimes called “seal folk,” the selkie, as humans, are tall and strong with dark hair and eyes. Extremely private, they keep their seal coats hidden away until they get restless and are called to the sea, and take on their seal forms.

In her lyrical follow-up to She Dreams of Sable Island, artist and author Briana Corr Scott explores the Selkie legend in a book of short, whimsical poems. Find out what Selkie likes to eat, where she lives, how she spends her time on land and in the sea, and learn a Selkie lullaby. Lilting and lyrical, with acrylic paintings that recall the ocean’s depths, this magical book is ideal for both bedtime and playtime. Features a paper doll, clothes, and seal.

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