"The Seal Children is a magical tale of music and nature, which uses the selkie myth to show how the love between parent and child transcends loss and separation. Jackie Morris's lyrical illustrations and complete assurance of tone make it a treasure from the deep places in the human heart."

Amanda Craig

The Seal Children

The Seal Children
The Seal Children
The Seal Children
The Seal Children

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When a fisherman falls in love with a Selkie – half woman, half seal – she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people. When a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, the children remember their mother’s stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves….

Presented in a beautiful new gift edition, this is a haunting story of love and freedom, for all ages.


Winner of the Tir Na N-og Award

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Carousel reviews Seal Children

Jackie Morris creates a wondrous experience of timeless sea magic and folk-lore… marvellous, evocative illustrations and lyrical language.

Copy Of -Margaret Pemberton reviews Seal Children & I Will Not Wear Pink

Margaret Pemberton use to run the Schools Library Service in Bristol and continues to recommend books to schools in the area. Read what she has to say about I Will Not Wear Pink and The Seal Children.

IBBY Link reviews Seal Children

This is an imaginative story that blends the story of the selkie (as a wife and mother) with the wider issues of poverty and eventual emigration … The sepia illustrations capture the landscape of the village and its community , while the sea, which is where the seals and selkie live, presents its own colour palette of blues.

English Association review The Seal Children

What a joy to discover the republication of this glorious book in a beautiful cloth-bound hardback edition. Talented author and water-colourist, Jackie Morris, has relocated the Selkie myth about the seal wife from its more usual Scottish location to her Pembrokeshire coastal home.

Parents in Touch review Seal Children

"Poignant and touched with sadness, this is a magical story superbly illustrated with atmospheric watercolour paintings that capture the essence of the story."

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HB : £12.99

235 x 278mm

32 pages : Age 4+


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The Seal Children

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