Greyling has ratings and 18 reviews. Kate said: If you put aside the traditional gender roles (I’m a woman and therefore need a baby or will diiiiiee. MAKING CONNECTIONS. Greyling. Jane Yolen. Summary A fisherman and his wife is cannot have a child. One day the fisherman brings home a seal pup. A selchie, a seal transformed into human form, lives on land with a lonely fisherman and his wife, until the day a great storm threatens the fisherman’s life.

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Connor M rated it really liked it Oct 30, Sammy rated it it was ok Oct 31, I finally got my own copy a couple of years ago after I’d searched the house high and low and couldn’t find “my” copy because it had gone back to the library.

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Actually more like 3. To view it, click here. They find a young seal that is stranded alone on the beach and take it into their care. Deals with childlessness, self-sacrifice, and tough choices.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Google Yole — Loading Dec 23, Kest Schwartzman rated it liked it. Jul 23, Cana rated it really liked it. Dec 03, Jana rated it really liked it Shelves: Until one day the fisherman discovers a grey baby seal alone on the shore. They had a lot of interesting ideas when we talked about the theme of the story.


Greyling: A Picture Story from the Islands of Shetland

I’m too scared to read it again with an adult head, it might take away some of the magic This is an older book by Yolen, and has a very simple storytelling style. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Project Gutenberg 0 editions.

There’s also a spread where the illustrations don’t seem to jive with the text. She feels totally empty and lost if yllen can’t have a child, she becomes so attached to the selchie boy turns to a seal in water that she will not allow him to experience all aspects of himself for fear of losing him.

It also yb the essence of living close to the ocean and coastal life. References to this work on external resources. It is a story of “haunting beauty” and it is told in the cadence and prose evocative of Scottish speech rhythms. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She told me she couldn’t wait to share it, that I would “just love it! Sara rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Yolwn a darling tale, beautifully written.

Mar 07, Preetha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 31, Colleen Baker rated it really liked it. It requires inferring to understand the characters’ emotions and also can be used for practicing prediction.


Sep 24, Nautica added it. Mar 19, Greyking rated it liked it Shelves: Noor Awad rated it it was amazing Oct 13, I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. My 8 year old brought this home from the school library today, so excited. This is no ordinary seal though but a selchie, a magical creature who takes the form of a man when on land and seal when in the water.

Greyling: A Picture Story from the Islands of Shetland by Jane Yolen

The illustrations are just lovely and fit seamlessly with the text. The Scottish people call this creature a “selchie. Overall, I enjoyed t It’s a sweet story, but I can’t help bristling a bit at the stereotyped woman. Mar 21, Dixie Diamond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Status Jane Yolen — primary author all editions calculated Ray, David Illustrator secondary author yoken editions confirmed.

It’s not much of an excuse but it was published inso perhaps it’s a sign of its time or maybe it’s the traditional legend, and I’m just clueless.