Have you recently lost a loved one? Or perhaps your child is struggling to fit in at school? If these questions relate to you, I highly recommend you read the heartwarming children’s book Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly.
The story centres on Iris, a vibrant and clever girl, who was born deaf. Both her grandparents are deaf as well, and so, she never feels alone and isolated. Then, her grandfather dies and life as she has known it changes. His passing affects each member of the family differently. Her grandmother becomes withdrawn, while Iris passes much time in her room, where she tinkers away fixing antique radios. Then, during a science class, she learns the story of a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales. She is moved by the whale’s sad story and becomes determined to find a way to let him know that he is not alone.
Song for a Whale truly moved me. The story is relatable and also inspiring. While I am not deaf, Iris’ challenges were ones I could certainly relate to. As a child, I often felt out of place. I had interests and hobbies that were different from most other children. Meanwhile, just like Iris, I developed an obsession with whales and dolphins and loved learning about echolocation.
If your child is struggling with loneliness or feels like an outsider, Iris’ story may help to remind them that they are not alone. It may also inspire them to embrace their gifts and develop them.
The book has been previously awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, young children category, as a book that gives an artistic expression of the experience of a child living with a disability.
You can learn more about Lynne on her website
The publisher of Song for a Whale is Templar Publishing, an imprint of Piccadilly Press. The book is available from leading retailers, including the Book Depository
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