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The Wee Seal

Janis Mackay


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9781782500209 Publication date: 19th September 2013
Genre: Animals Theme: Environment Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
At night the wee seal cuddles up to his mother. In the morning the mother seal goes hunting in the sea, leaving the wee seal alone on the sand.

Who will look after the wee seal while his mother is away?

A beautiful tale set in the Scottish islands by storyteller Janis Mackay.


'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.'

'This is a beautiful story about a baby seal left on the shore by its mother... A touching story about nurture and care.'
-- Juno

Wee Seal


Janis Mackay was born and grew up in Edinburgh, but moved to London to study journalism. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has held writer-in-residence posts in both Caithness and Sutherland. She currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works…

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