Revisiting Wainscott: Twenty-One Years of Tor Seidler's The Wainscott Weasel

The Wainscott Weasel, by Tor Seidler, originally published in 1993 and newly reissued by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum imprint, is one of those rare stories that remains as unequivocally magical now as it felt when I first heard it at the ripe old age of four. Stuffed full of whimsy, attitude, and sparkling inventiveness, this fairy tale about weasels and fish reads like a call for individuality and creativity. As beautifully (and fancifully) told as it is illustrated, the story doesn’t shy away from harder topics, including family tragedy and a brassy girl weasel who insists on leading dances against weasel protocol. From the unlikely but endearing beginning (Weasels have cotillions? Also, what’s a cotillion?) to its bittersweet firefly ending, this is one I’ll be saving for generations to come.



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Maggie Reagan works for Booklist as an associate editor in the Books for Youth department. In addition to the required love of reading, she is also an adventure junkie, animal hugger, and stringed-instrument enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @MagdalenaRayGun.

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