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The Music of Dolphins
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Books on Tape 2010
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Description
The Coast Guard is shocked when they rescue a child from the waters off Florida. Her long, wild hair and the barnacles attached to her skin initially lead them to think that they have discovered a mermaid. However, they are even more amazed to discover that this is a young girl that has been raised by dolphins after losing her family at sea. They name her Mila.
Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to Boston University to be studied. Here Mila learns about her human body and mind, including the joys of using her hands, the ability to communicate with words, and most of all, the gift of playing music. But soon Mila learns that there is a darker side to humans, a manipulative nature that often frustrates her. She is torn between her new life with these confusing creatures and her longing to return to her uncomplicated dolphin family.
"As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve, this book poignantly explores what it means to be human."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Street Date:
01/26/2010
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307705969
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Karen Hesse. (2010). The Music of Dolphins. Unabridged Books on Tape.

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Karen Hesse. 2010. The Music of Dolphins. Books on Tape.

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Karen Hesse, The Music of Dolphins. Books on Tape, 2010.

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Karen Hesse. The Music of Dolphins. Unabridged Books on Tape, 2010.

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Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to Boston University to be studied. Here Mila learns about her human body and mind, including the joys of using her hands, the ability to communicate with words, and most of all, the gift of playing music. But soon Mila learns that there is a darker side to humans, a manipulative nature that often frustrates her. She is torn between her new life with these confusing creatures and her longing to return to her uncomplicated dolphin family.
"As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve, this book poignantly explores what it means to be human."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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      • content: Mila, a young girl who survives a plane crash at sea which kills her mother and everyone else on board, lives for some years with a dolphin family until she is spotted on a tropical atoll and rescued. This is a moving story, told by Mila herself, of a feral child trying to adjust to life in the human world. Michele McHall does a wonderful job with a demanding story and book design. Mila speaks through diary entries, the first of which are written in simple words and large type. As she becomes more adept at speech and understands her new world better, her diary entries become longer and more descriptive. McHall's gentle, sweet, hesitant reading captures Mila's confusion, fatigue and desperate desire to please. The musical introduction and ending to each side remind the listener of the sunny seas Mila has left behind. Karen Hesse has written a complicated and evocative book; Michele McHall reads it with understanding, sympathy and artistry. L.R.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
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        As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve, this book poignantly explores the most profound of themes--what it means to be human. The narrator, Mila, is discovered by the Coast Guard on a deserted island, where she has been living with dolphins. The so-called feral child becomes the subject of government study--pried at and poked, taught language and music. Her amazing progress contrasts with that of another "wild child," Shay, who is being studied by the same team of experts. While Shay remains locked in silence, Mila's hands can fly over the computer keyboard or the holes of a recorder, and she even tries to explain dolphin language to the eager doctors who become her family. But Mila feels the call of the wild growing stronger and doubts about the sparkling lures of civilization growing louder. Finally the longing for her island consumes her entirely. It's a difficult plot to pull off, but Hesse (Letters from Rifka; Phoenix Rising) succeeds. While she insists on simplicity in framing the story, she also employs a high-wire writing technique, having Mila tell the story first in halting, little words (in big type), then in more complex, fluid words (in small type), so that the language and themes become increasingly sophisticated. All together, a frequently dazzling novel. Ages 9-12.

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        February 2, 1998
        "As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve," said PW in a starred review of this first-person novel by the Newbery Medalist about a girl who is raised by dolphins and studied by scientists. Ages 9-12.

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Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to Boston University to be studied. Here Mila learns about her human body and mind, including the joys of using her hands, the ability to communicate with words, and most of all, the gift of playing music. But soon Mila learns that there is a darker side to humans, a manipulative nature that often frustrates her. She is torn between her new life with these confusing creatures and her longing to return to her uncomplicated dolphin family.
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