Two beautiful traditional Scottish fairy tales, The Selkie Bride and In the Kingdom of the Seals, are brought to enchanting and haunting new life by two creators who are themselves eerily linked to the magical world of the shape-shifting selkies, who are seals in the water and humans on land. For Kate's ancestors were the McPhees, who, legend says, are descended from the union of Dougal McPhee and his melancholy selkie bride, while Fiona's McDonald ancestors, lairds of the Western Isles, have a strange connection to the McPhees as well, a connection she only discovered while working on the book!
'The tales, told by an author with an obvious talent for folklore, would make an excellent choice for young readers looking for a unique alternative to standard titles, and would be a beautiful introduction to the rich world of folktales.' (Junior Bookseller and Publisher, Term 1 2014)
About the Author
Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the bestselling, award-winning author of 26 books, published in 15 countries. She has been voted one of Australia's Favourite 25 Novelists. The Wild Girl tells the story of star-crossed lovers Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world???s most famous fairy-tales. Bitter Greens, her retelling of 'Rapunzel',was called ???the best fairy tale retelling since Angela Carter. Kate's books for children include The Gypsy Crown and The Puzzle Ring, lauded as 'a richly told tale of history, magic and intrigue by a wonderful storyteller. Kate has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including at Oxford University, and has taught writing in the UK, the US, Fiji, Greece, Singapore and Australia. She recently finished her doctorate of creative arts in fairy tale retellings.
About the Illustrator
A graduate of the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Fiona McDonald has worked as a graphic designer, doll-maker, cloth sculptor and artist. She is also the author of several books of non-fiction, including the best-selling The Popular History of Graffiti(Skyhorse Publishing 2013), as well as an illustrated novel for younger readers, Ghost Doll and Jasper(Skyhorse, 2012). Currently she works as a graphic designer as well as running her own toy-making business, Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard. Two Selkie Stories from Scotland is her first picture book.