Two Selkie Stories from Scotland by Kate Forsyth
Published by Christmas Press Picture Books
Kate Forsyth has retold two folktales beautifully, in a traditional Scottish storytelling style that is both rich in language and in depth.
The first tale, 'The Selkie Bride', tells of a young laird who sets his eyes upon the Selkie Folk dancing on the shore. They are seals who shed their skin to become human. At first glance he falls in love with a beautiful, long-haired Selkie woman, and steals her and her seal skin so that she marry him. The woman lives unhappily, and the pair eventually have a baby together. It is this little girl that truly understands her mother's grief and sets her free to live in the sea.
The second story is of a seal hunter who, one day, wounds a large grey seal with his sharp knife. A man in rags appears at his door, only to take him into the depths of the sea. Both transformed into seals, the hunter must repent by healing the wound and promising never to hunt seals again. The Selkies reward the hunter for his kindness, enough to keep him and his family comfortable for the rest of their lives.
'Two Selkie Stories from Scotland' is a book enriched with culture and a magical essence, strengthened by Fiona McDonald's striking watercolour and pencil Celtic style drawings and borders. It is one of several enchanting fairy folktale books of various origins, best suited for children from five years onwards.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Kate Forsyth
Illustrator: Fiona McDonald
Title: Two Selkie Stories from Scotland
Publisher: Christmas Press Picture Books
Published: May 2014