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The Seal Children Paperback – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845071093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845071097
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A lyrical text and beautiful illustrations combine to make a haunting tale of sadness and of hope.

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This is a haunting story of love and freedom, for all ages.
Winner of the Tir Na N-og Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Tales of seals and selkie maidens are commonplace around the coasts of
Britain, and provide rich beachcombings for retellers of folk tales and
maritime legends, but here, in her first 'complete' work as both author and
illustrator, Jackie Morris paints new life into old traditions.
Setting the scene in her home area of St David's, she weaves a convincing
tale around the ruined cottages of Maes y Mynydd, a stone's throw from her
own cottage, providing, through the generosity of her imaginary seal-woman,
the wherewithal for its 19th century inhabitants to leave their lives of
poverty and hardship and sail across the seas to the New World, as many
Welsh emigrants really did.
For Huw, the fisherman who falls in love with the maiden, only to lose her,
as all human husbands must, to the sound of the sea and the seals, there is
the added loss of his son Morlo who chooses to live with his mother beneath
the waves, once their gift has been made. Yet his daughter Ffion sails with
him from Fishguard Harbour, to a prosperous future made possible by a tiny
casket of lustrous pearls, tied with golden ribbons of kelp.
The lyrical verse-like qualities of the text rest at ease with the wistful
landscapes of the West Wales coastline, painted with that clarity and
attention to detail which make them instantly recognisable to the book's
local readers, and so compelling to first-time virtual visitors to these
fingers of gorse-lined land pulled sometimes gently, often savagely into the
open sea, as if by Huw's haunting music.
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This story of the tale of a selkie woman is wonderful and beautiful, my 33 month old daughter loves it. The artwork is gorgouse too. It is a magical tale of family, nature and change. Reading this book is very calming and relaxing. This book is a little gem and the author and artist should be praised for such a unique and creative story and work of art. Highly recommended.
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The pictures by Jackie Morris are as enchanting as they are in all of her books, and make a wonderful accompaniement to this mythical tale that is sure to intrigue and enchant imaginative children (and adults!) of all ages.The Seal Children
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This is a delightful book which is beautifully illustrated and the telling is sheer poetry. A great gift for children of all ages. Set in the ruins of the Pembrokeshire 'lost village' of Maes y Mynydd the author creates a legend of the sea and of the villagers of long ago
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The story might not quite have the magic of Marianna and the Merchild but Jackie Morris's iluustrations win the day again. The story could explore the feelings of the family as it is pulled apart a bit more - even for a children's audience.
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Bought this for my 13 year old niece thinking I would have to explain to her that the text was for younger kids but that I thought she would find the pictures inspiring (as a budding painter). Having read it I can see it's not too young for her at all (or indeed for me - I want my own copy now - a lovely story).
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A work of art which is also a beautiful story, perfect for sharing and reading aloud. the sort of book you keep and hand down to the next generation.
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