Song For A Whale
ISBN: 1524770264
EAN13: 9781524770266
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.63" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to sing to him But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.

Fascinating, brave, and tender.a triumph. --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

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   Finding Her Voice
At school, Iris struggles to relate to the kids in her hearing-impaired classroom. One day at school, her teacher introduces her to a blue whale who's song is different from all other whales. It's a great looking whale, said Dr. Julie Mason, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Iris is immediately enamored with the story and works up a plan to help Blue 55 hear a song he can understand and to know he's not alone. This is a story that covers so many topics, but ultimately is a tale about finding your voice when you feel so alone. This was a WONDERFUL story that I highly recommend to middle school readers. The author's note is particularly interesting.
   Printed on rough, thin newpaper quality.
The book was printed on something called "brown paper" which is about 11" x 11". The first thing we saw was a huge pile of ripped pages. The New Republic is one of the oldest newspapers in the US The paper is thin and rough, and equal to news. The other side shows the text from the other side. My kids re-read and pass down books to their friends and family. This cheap paper is terrible and the author should push for quality of a product she cares about, Raymond said. They cite rising costs and declining demand as the main reasons behind the move. Only if the kids don't notice. It's just that mom's here!
   Great book for Elementary School distance learning in 2020
This book is an excellent tie-in with ocean study, and identifying with someone different. I use it in after-school distance learning. It allows students and teachers to identify with Iris and her special whale friend. We learn some signs for saying "hello" and "goodbye" along with some alphabets, numbers and feelings. I've enjoyed the book and feel it's well written, too, Garton said. It's great to have a new coach, and I would recommend it to anyone.
   A Beautiful Book
I recommend this book to anyone who reads it. I've since been teaching it with my literacy students. Strong narrative and character driven by Will Smith. I'm also partial to the part of Deaf culture that is rarely covered in middle school fiction. Furthermore, it has great potential to help mold students into lifelong learners, said Dr. Mary Ann Bossi, director of the NIH's Ames Research Center in California. If you're looking for a fun book with a strong female protagonist, an awesome grandma, and a whale, I highly recommend checking out this!
   Interesting Subjects
There are many layers to this book. It was a lot of fun, said Blair. It is for a reader who has empathy for people, animals, family and friend, and an interest in light scatterings of scientific information. I thought it was great to work with Paul, and would recommend it to anyone looking for something off the beaten path.
   Touching and beautiful!
Amazon said I got it immediately because I couldn't wait for it to be available at the library. Though not herself deaf, our daughter, who attends school in the Baltimore area, got interested in ASL when she was in middle school. She has kept it up and even taught her kids how to drive. The twins had a deaf friend and they wanted to be able to communicate with him. Their wedding 18 years ago was also “signed” by Moore. It was a story that had me in tears several times. It helps demonstrate how alone people can feel when they can't communicate or are understood. It's great to know that it was loosely based on a real whale. It's also very well done in the audiobook version.
   Loved it!
A beautiful story of intertwining people and places. Lynne Kelly's knowledge and experience as an ASL interpreter stand out in this video. I love Iris and her relationship with the whale, with all its symbolism. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys middle-grade literature. nan
   A book with many facets to interest a young mind!
Like all motivated Grammies, I planned our summer activities around her interest in whales. There was also a whale watch, a museum dedicated to the ancient craft and whale products. It was a whale of a summer, Tunick said.
   moving middle grade novel focusing on a character with disabilities
What would it be like to be a deaf kid? When she finds out that a whale named Blue 55, who can't communicate with his fellow whales, she decides to bridge the gap by creating a song.
   A lovely, poignant middle grade novel
I'm a sucker for anything involving the ocean and sea life, and so it's no surprise that I loved this one! I particularly enjoyed the sensitive and nuanced portrayal of Deaf culture by Mr. O'Neill. rare is a book where it's so clear that the author truly understands their subject, and as a disabled reader, I really appreciated that aspect of the story.