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    The Music of Dolphins

    by Karen Hesse

    A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be human. "Haunting and unforgettable."—SLJ

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    by Karen Hesse

    Ma's been working so hard, she doesn't have much left over. So her three kids decide to do some work on their own. In the dark of night, they steal into their rich neighbor's potato fields in hopes of collecting the strays that have been left to rot. They dig flat-bellied in the dirt, hiding from passing cars, and drag a sack of spuds through the frost back home. But in the light, the sad truth is revealed: their bag is full of stones! Ma is upset when she sees what they've done, and makes them set things right. But in a surprise twist, they learned they have helped the farmer (contd.)
    Ma's been working so hard, she doesn't have much left over. So her three kids decide to do some work on their own. In the dark of night, they steal into their rich neighbor's potato fields in hopes of collecting the strays that have been left to rot.

    They dig flat-bellied in the dirt, hiding from passing cars, and drag a sack of spuds through the frost back home. But in the light, the sad truth is revealed: their bag is full of stones!

    Ma is upset when she sees what they've done, and makes them set things right. But in a surprise twist, they learned they have helped the farmer and are invited to do this every year. And with love and pride, Ma makes the kids what they wanted all along -- a big pan of her wonderful mouthwatering spuds, sliced thin as fingernails and fried up crusty brown , hot and sparkling with salt.

    Only Karen Hesse could construct such a delicate and delicious narrative, filled with stunning images and overflowing with love. Wendy Watson's glowing, primitive-styled art is a perfect compliment to the text.

    Awards and Honors for CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE by Karen Hess and Wendy Watson

    ALA Notable Children's Book
    NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book
    Sydney Taylor Award - Honor Book
    IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
    CCBC Choices
    Koret Jewish Book Award
    Parents' Choice Award
    Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
    Kirkus Editor's Choice
    New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    California Young Reader Medal

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The Music of Dolphins

Author: Karen Hesse

Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
560L

Grade Level Equivalent:
4.1

Guided Reading Level:
V

Age:
12-14

Subject:
Changes and New Experiences, Fitting In, Fish and Marine Life, Music, Families and Relationships

About This Book

A girl raised by dolphins must choose between two worlds in this critically acclaimed novel about what it means to be a human being.

They call her Mila, from the Spanish word for "miracle." Lost after a plane crash when she was small, Mila has been cared forever since by dolphins. When she is eventually spotted on an unpopulated island off Cuba, she is an adolescent and seems hardly human to her rescuers.

Mila is taken to a child study center in Boston. Eager to please, she makes rapid progress in language and social skills. With her recorder, Mila finds she can even make music like the dolphin songs she yearningly remembers. But the more Mila discovers about what it means to be human — the locked doors, the rules, the betrayals — the more she longs for her watery home and gentle dolphin family.

In an emotionally wracking conclusion, she returns to the world where her ears never want for song. Where, although she cannot stand on her tail or jump the waves, she is part of the music of dolphins.


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