Age 9-12 | 40 pages | 200 x 150mm
Paperback: Publication August 2020 | ISBN 9781913733483
Hardback: Publication March 2017 | ISBN 9781910862490
In a land where people flow between ocean and land, a seal and a fisherman sing together under a flowing moon.
One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.
Books in the Shadows & Light series:
- The White Hare
- Mother Cary's Butter Knife
- The Selkie's Mate
- Elias Martin
- Bee Boy and the Moonflowers
- The Eel Question
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include A First Book of Nature, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and the Silver Street Farm series. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats then worked in the BBC Nature History Unit. Underlying all Nicola’s writing is the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship.
Claire Jenkins is an illustration graduate from Swansea, south Wales. Working in pencil, markers or watercolour, she is inspired by her surroundings, producing artwork that includes portraiture as well as the natural world. The Selkie’s Mate is the first book she has illustrated.
‘Lyrical text is enhanced by evocative watercolour illustrations in this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and trust. Inspired by Selkie legends from around the world, this haunting story is part of the Shadows and Light series, ideal for mature readers who are looking for something a bit different.’ BookTrust’s Watery Reads for 8-12s
‘This is a delicate story, and in the wrong hands may be experienced as a rape and false imprisonment story. However, here is it sensitively told, with the seal woman choosing to spend time with the crofter after they have sung together under the moon. […] The emphasis on the thoughts behind each of their actions could be used in a discussion about relationships, how people have different expectations and how far do we allow our own needs and wants to dominate relationships.
The illustrations are elegant watercolours, complementing the storytelling. The stand out one for me is of two silhouette heads, placed so that they are almost heart shaped, yet looking in different directions. Pulled together by love, but their outlooks are very different.’ Janet Dowling, School Library Association (65:3, Nov 2017)
‘This slim volume is part of series of short stories by Davies, an author and zoologist, exploring humanity’s connection with nature. She presents the haunting story of betrayed trust and loss in accessible language that would also be suitable for a read-aloud in folklore units. The text is complemented by excellent pencil and watercolor illustrations that vary in size and include rich full-page spreads from debut illustrator Jenkins. A solid addition to folktale collections.’ Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL, School Library Journal