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.



About the Author:

Maggie Reagan works for Booklist, as an editorial assistant in the youth books department. In addition to the required love of reading, she is also an adventure-junky, animal-hugger, and string instrument enthusiast.

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