Mackay, Janis and Grant, Gabby: The Wee Seal.
Mackay, Janis and Grant, Gabby
The Wee Seal
Floris (Picture Kelpies), 2013, pp32, 5.99 [pounds sterling]
978 1 78250 020 9
A beautifully told tale based on a true story and set in the Orkney Islands. In rhythmic language, the author tells of an apparently abandoned white baby seal found on the beach by Jamie, who lives close by. But soon Jamie realises that the mother seal returns at night to feed her offspring before they snuggle down together. Jamie feels protective towards the baby seal in the daytime and when a group of tourists arrive, jostling around and trying to feed the seal, Jamie chases them away. But one day Jamie finds the baby seal has shed his white fur and become black and the next morning the mother calls her baby to join her swimming and gliding freely in the sea.
This charming tale is accompanied by appropriate and delicate illustrations in muted colours which greatly add to the text. I very much enjoyed this book, which is one of a series of 'original paperback picture books with a Scottish flavour' by Picture Kelpies, whose website offers games, puzzles and colouring-in.