Jamie has been watching the wee white seal that lives on the beach. At night the wee seal cuddles up to its mother. In the morning she goes out to sea and leaves it alone like a strange white stone on the sand.
One day tourists come and crowd the wee seal but Jamie knows just what to do to protect it until its mother comes back...
Janis Mackay's lyrical prose tells the story of the tender relationship between the wild baby seal and the young boy who watches over it, while Gabby Grant's soft illustrations brilliantly evoke the landscape of the Orkney Islands.
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Janis Mackay was born and raised in Edinburgh and moved to London to study journalism. After university, she traveled throughout Israel, Turkey, and Greece before returning to the UK to work as a voice coach and storyteller. Janis has an MA in creative writing and has been writer in residence in Caithness and Sutherland. She lives in the north of Scotland, where she teaches creative writing and works as a writer and storyteller.Review:
'Janis is at her best with stories relating to the sea and this is a lovely innocent nature tale.' -- Lothian Life 'This book has a beautiful island setting which very much reminded me of the illustrations in the Katie Morag books, so they might appeal to the same children.' -- Anabel Marsh, Anabel's Children's Literature Blog 'An informative and gentle tale.' -- Early Years Educator 'The soft illustrations brilliantly conjure up the landscape of Scotland. The illustrations of the seals are stunning, especially the one at the start of mum and baby and when they swim away at the end. A lovely story to share and then to go seal spotting like we did.' -- Bookbabblers blog 'A very gentle picture book... Not only is it a story but it's also educational and will serve to teach children about nature and seals in particular.' - Armadillo 'This charming tale is accompanied by appropriate and delicate illustrations in muted colours which greatly add to the text. I very much enjoyed this book." --The School Librarian 'Jamie's diligence gives the seal time to shed its baby fur and grow, following its mother's song into the sea when it has reached proper maturity.' --Kirkus 'This is a beautiful story about a baby seal left on the shore by its mother... A touching story about nurture and care.' -- Juno
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