Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review: The Selchie's Seed

I just finished The Selchie's Seed by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim. A mysterious white whale shows up near the shore one evening during a storm. The whale's flipper is torn. Fifteen-year-old Marian finds him, and along with her brother Graeme, they beg their mother to heal him. With just a bit of salve, she heals the white whale.

Marian is drawn to the whale. She can't stop thinking about him. One evening she comes home with a necklace of pearls and a shell, a gift from the white whale. Why is she so drawn to him? He brings Marian's magical heritage to light, much to her father's dismay. For they are a good Christian family. Not pagan.

I love books with faeries, especially selchies. They are a favorite of mine. This novella was amazing. It was beautifully written, and the story itself gorgeous. I fell in love with it so much I had to force myself to put it down and read it in two sittings. It's short, a bit over 80 pages, and it has lovely illustrations by Diane Goode.

It is currently out of print, and I've not been able to find it new. So if you happen to find a copy, pick it up.


Rachel Brooks said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to keep my eyes open for it next time I'm at Half-Price Books since it's out of print.

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Midnyte Reader said...

Ya know, when you said that, I realized that while I am not interested in mermaids, I love the tale of the Selkies.

Connor Keating said...

I think this is one of those tales that no matter what your age is, you always remember the delight of your childhood when you anxiously awaited bed time so you could hear another and another story. But do you remember La Fontaine's tales? All you can books is the place where I found his book and for a few moments while reading it I was a child again. Warmful was the feeling that it gave me.

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