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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To view it, click here. The illustrations are just lovely and fit seamlessly with yoleen text.
Dec 23, Kest Schwartzman rated it liked it. Jan 11, Shelli rated it really liked it Shelves: On the Island of Shetland, in a hut covered with moss, there lived a fisherman yolwn his devoted but lonely wife. All day long the fisherman labors to bring in fish for he and his wife while she is at home alone, day in day out year after year, looking at the cradle that continues to remain empty.
Until one day the fisherman discovers a grey baby seal alone on the shore. 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 On the Island of Shetland, in a hut covered with moss, there lived a fisherman and his devoted but lonely wife. 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.
Their son, Greyling, brings them much happiness for many years until an unexpected storm changes everything. A geryling read aloud to share with your children that can lead to many fascinating discussions.
It’s a sweet story, but I can’t help bristling a bit at the stereotyped woman. She feels totally empty and lost if she can’t have a child, she becomes so attached to the yolenn boy turns to a seal in water that she will not allow him to experience all aspects of himself for fear of losing him. When her husband is in danger of drowning she calls to others to go help him rather than try herself. There’s also a spread where the illustrations don’t seem to jive with the text.
Greyling: A Picture Story from the Islands of Shetland
Overall, I enjoyed t It’s a sweet story, but I can’t help bristling a bit at the stereotyped woman. Overall, I enjoyed the selchie legend bit and the family’s affection for one another, but it’s not a book I’ll dread returning to the library. Mar 19, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: Actually more like 3.
The selchie story is interesting, the story beautifully told and the illustrations are lovely, but like Shonna I don’t like the woman’s helplessness and utter lack of identity apart from her husband and then child. 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.
If so, I wish it had been updated a tad Mar 21, Dixie Diamond rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought I owned this, but it turns out I just checked it out of the library so often I thought it was mine. 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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My 8 year old brought this home from the school library today, so excited. She told me she couldn’t wait to share it, that I would “just love it! What a darling tale, beautifully written. Apr 16, Margot McCuaig rated it really liked it. I won this on school prize-giving day when I was in primary 3. I loved it, and Greylnig read and reread it time and time again.
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It certainly gave me a passion for storytelling. I’m too scared to read it again with an adult head, it might take away some of the magic Sep 24, Nautica added it. Mar 13, Rachel Dalton rated it it was amazing Shelves: This short story is a great representation of family and love.
It requires inferring to understand the characters’ emotions and also can be used for practicing prediction. Sep 13, Maria rated greuling really liked it Shelves: I can’t resist a book about selkies! This is an older book by Yolen, and has a very simple storytelling style. Dec 03, Jana rated it really liked it Shelves: I shared this book with my 5th grade students and they really seemed to enjoy ajne.
They had a lot of interesting ideas when we talked about the theme of the story. Jul 23, Cana rated it really liked it.
Great to read with a Scottish accent! Jul 30, Carla rated it liked it.
Another cute story about a couple who could not have children of their own and are given the chance to raise a boy who mysteriously appears as a seal in the ocean and changes to a boy on land. Mar 07, Preetha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 31, Colleen Baker rated it really liked it. Rewrite of an ancient Scottish tale. Deals with childlessness, self-sacrifice, and tough choices. Connor M rated it really liked it Oct 30, Sharon rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Sara rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Claire Frances rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Anazen rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Ksenia rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Lilly Hopper rated it liked it Nov 25, Monika Riney rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Chrissy Bixby rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Emily rated it did not like it Oct 30, John rated it liked it Jan 19, Ashley Hall rated it really liked it Mar 21, Sammy rated it it was ok Oct 31, Noor Awad rated it it was amazing Oct 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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