The Seal Children

The Seal Children

By Author / Illustrator

Jackie Morris



Age range(s)



Otter-Barry Books Ltd








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.






A fisherman called Ewan falls in love with a selkie - a half-woman, half-seal creature - because she loves his singing to the sea. As a sign of her love, the selkie woman gives Ewan her salty seal skin to keep safe. Soon after, the selkie bears two children for Ewan which they call Ffion and Morlo. The children help their mother and father on the land and sea, and in return, their mother tells them wonderful stories of life beneath the sea. This ignites something in Morlo, who longs to see the weed-waving forests! After spending years on land, the selkie woman begins to change and life becomes more difficult to live. Finally, she returns to her own people. When difficult times strike the family, the children call for their selkie mother to return from the sea. She does so and then takes Morlo back into the sea with her to gather riches from the underwater world. Soon after, the pair return to the beach and present Ffion with a small box filled with pearls. This gift gives the family and other villagers the help they need. This is a touching story of love and freedom. It has some beautiful illustrations with complement the story well and include a great level of detail. This book is most suited to children aged 5 to 8 who enjoy magical stories with adventure into unknown worlds. Picture Book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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