Title: The Book of Selkie
Writer: Written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott
Publishing House: Nimbus Publishing Ltd.
Date of Publication: May 31st 2020
Rating: 5 stars
‘’Οh, to be a selkie,
And live between two worlds
Half your days spent as a seal,
And the other half, a girl….’’
For me, the myth of the selkie embodies the unique character of the Northern Sea. The mentality and tradition and history of the countries that cherish their myths and customs like a beloved member of a marvelous family. Traditions that hover between the real and the supernatural, the serene green and the wild waves of the shores, the song of the sea and the wind, the rocks and the valleys. And somewhere, over the breeze and the sound of the waves, we might hear the selkie lullaby…
This beautiful book depicts an ‘’ordinary’’ year of the selkie from the transformation to a woman to her need to return to the sea. In pictures of unique beauty by Briana Corr Scott, her relationship with the animals, her knitting, the food she cooks, the songs she sings come alive. In Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands, the selkie myth lives on and on…
‘’But every now and then she hears
A voice from deep inside
It calls her back onto the land
The human in her cries.’’
Many thanks to Nimbus Publishing Ltd. and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.