The Music of Dolphins

The Music of Dolphins

by Karen Hesse

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Overview


They call her Mila, from the Spanish word for "miracle." Lost after a plane crash when she was small, Mila has been cared for ever 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590897983
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Series: Apple Signature Edition Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 173,183
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author


Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include Witness, The Cats in Krasinski Square, and the Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

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The Music of Dolphins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Society tries to change a feral girl that had spent the majority of her life with dolphins. She quickly realizes that good intentions are not the motive.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mila is found on an island, where she has lived with dolphins for year. She is taken away from the water and given to Dr. Beck and Sandy. They take care of Mila and teach her how to talk and play a recorder. At first Mila likes learning new things and shows much progress. Mila likes showing progress because she likes to make Dr. Beck happy and hear her say good job. When Mila finds herself locked in her room, she becomes very angry and her view of humans becomes different. In the end, Mila does not want to be human; she only wants to return to the sea. This is a great story for children to read because it is interesting and gives a different perspective to being a human.
MelAKnee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mila is a curious chlld who was raised by dolphins on an island after being seperated from her mother and lost at sea during a plane crash. She learns to live with the dolphins and to speak their language. She is found by the Coast Guard and after years of treatment and care by Dr. Beck, Mila realizes that she does not like being human and misses the world she knew with the dolphins.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a story about a feral girl who grew up living with dolphins. She is found and brought back to be studied and to be taught how to live like other humans. She struggles with the complex human social ways and just wants to go back to the sea where things are simple.
brittneydufrene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have actually read this book before. I love Karen Hesse and all of her stories! The story of Mila, a feral child raised by dolphins and found by humans. Told in her point of view, the story begins in a nervous kind of way, showing you that she is unfamiliar with her surroundings. But she soon progresses to a more confident and becomes comfortable with human language. But, towards the end of the story, she starts to realize how much she misses her dolphin family and wants to go back. I recommend this book to people who like adventure and dolphins. You can get through the first couple of chapters very quickly.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mila is raised by dolphins from the time she was four years old when she was involved in a plane crash with her mother who had died. Mila was raised by dolphins for 13 years. She is then sent to live with doctors so they can teach her how to act like a human. Mila is very open to the process of learning to be human until she realizes humans have many rules and regulations to follow by. Unlike a dolphin who doesn't live by any rules and do whatever they please. Mila starts to act out when she finds out she is being locked in her room. Mila does not want to learn or act as humans do anymore and wants to go back home to her dolphin family. This can be read in an english class to learn about language and the different dialect of people.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful, inspiring story about a girl who was raised by dolphins. Having been discover ed living among the dolphins, she is brought back t o civilization so that she can teach people the language of the dolphins. However, the only thing she longs for is to live the way she had before. This book was interesting to me because it documents the stages of literacy. The story is told from the girl's point of view, and as the girl gets more fluent in reading and writing, we see her writing change to better convey her thoughts and feelings.
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a favorite book growing up. The development of the young girl is amazing and mind-boggling, and the story is heart-wrenching. This is lovely.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this was a book with an interesting concept, it left me cold. I was so saddened by Mila and her situation. The grief she learns far outweighs the good. Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself.The story is about a young girl, around the age thirteen but no one is sure, is found living on an uninhabited island, with dolphins as her family. She is taken from her home, named Mila, and placed in a laboratory, where Dr. Beck and Sandy try to teach her the ways of humanity. Of course, they also want to learn from her the ways of dolphins. While Mila shows remarkable progress in language and music, she also learns of prejudice and injustice and broken friendships. I was unutterably sad after finishing this tale. I believe in the positive hope in all humanity, that despite our flaws and great disasters, we can be better, we can be good. This book, though, is about humanity's inability to save a little girl. Although some good comes to Mila, it's not enough to balance the bad. The story has a moral lesson, it teaches what it is like to be different, the negative effects that society's prescribed roles can have on people, but the lack of redemption at the end of the novel ends everything on a heart breaking note.
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mila is a fifteen year old girl who is raised by dolphins and found on a remote island. Once she is found some doctors try to work with her to teach her how to talk and how to act like a normal human. Mila is fine with this at first and starts to make progressions, but when she realizes that she is forgetting her dolphin ways she stops progressing. In the end Mila doesn't want to be by humans she wants to return to her dolphin family and that is what she does.
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book about a young girl, who in the book is mostly referred to as "Mila", who was stranded on an island at the age of 4, the only survivor of a plane crash. She was raised by dolphins and was found by a helicopter as a young teen. She was brought to a team of doctors and caregivers who are determined to not only teach her human ways, but to extract the secrets she held of dolphin ways. The story is told at first through Mila's inner thoughts, expressed in english. Then as Mila begins to learn English herself we are told her story through her own words in simple english, very simple at first and then a little more complex. After she starts to miss her dolphin way of life, it reverts back to simple, and eventually to inner thoughts when she rejoins her dolphin family. This book is about feral children, where that would fit into a lesson, I do not know. It does have some good insight into human nature, and the ways of both humans and dolphins. I feel like this book could spark some good discussions in class and it would be good for 5th through 8th graders.
jenvid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel starts with the government finding a wild girl. She was lost in a plane wreck, and was raised by dolphins until she was saved. I am giving this book two stars because I feel it has loose ends. Why couldn't she be with her family? What were the real motives of Dr.Beck? What happened to her mother, and why didn't she reach out to Mila? All of these questions ran through my mind,and I just wish she would have been reunited with her real family. I did like the power of the font in this book. It really showed Mila's progress, and her feelings for wanting to go back with the dolphins. I tagged this book for disabilities. I feel that anyone with a disability can connect with Mila. I would do fishbowl discussions if I chose this as a reading assignment. Students could also do journal writings. I would post questions connected to the novel each day, and they would have to write a short paragraph in their journals.
Annod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was ok, not great.
momccarthy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"This is a truly enchanting and provocative story of a human girl raised by dolphins from the age of 4. When the scientists begin studying her, she amazes them with her unique abilities. She plays music, she learns speech and complex ideas, but when they restrict her movements, she cannot reconcile that with the dolphins' free ways. While still in her primitive state, Mila's responses are shown in very large type; as her language acquisition improves, the typeface reflects her sophistication. But Mila knows she will always be an object for study and takes the only path that will allow her to be happy. " (Jan Lieberman's review)
tinpat8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was pretty good, it about a girl that lives in a ocean with the dolphins, and she doesnt know how to speak but the doctors and people taught her all of that stuff. =]
tim_haddad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MIla, a girl who lived with dolphins, finds herself "captured" and studued by humanns who wish to "help" her acclimate to the human world. The pull of her dolphin family proves too strong. Novel provides an opportunity for introspection of human life and relationships.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so sure I knew what was going to happen to her... love the fact that I was wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book even though I didn't love it. It was just too short for my liking as I like longer books with lots if words I think it was a little unnecessary to have the very short chapters where some were only one or two very short sentences long other that that I think the book contents weren't too bad great overall reading of the book. Very touching when reading about the girl Mila and the dolphin version of herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel by Karen Hesse was so cleverly written, and might me the biggest page turner since Harry Potter. This book is about the life of a young girl named Mila. Mila was raised and living with dolphins for the past 13 years, when she is found and brought to some doctors to learn how to act like a huma being. I only have two complaints aout this amusing novel; ONE, the book is too short. It is only 119 pages, so I read it in a day. TWO, there is no sequal. This book is just too good and needs a sequal, possably even a trilogy.
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Aislind More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this in fifth grade, my whole grade did. It was about a girl age 11-17 named Mila. She was raised by dolphins and then rescued by a few men in a plane flying overhead. She and her family were in a plane crash and she was the only one to survive. After being rescued she is taken to a hospital. (Sort of like a mental hospital, where she could live and learn to be more human). She lives with Doctor Beck and her son along with another girl like herself named Shay. She makes friends with Justin the Doctors son and Shay as well. She starts to learn and speak, but as the book goes on she gets less progressive, and it starts to worry doctor Beck. This book is a lot like the book Dolphin Song, but Karrana (The main character) strives for her life in the book while Mila is only learning to be more human. I definitely recommend this to anyone that can read, although it'd be better for grade levels 5-* because you want to be able to comprehend it. Hope I helped!
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My 9yr. old got this book for Christmas. She is enamored with dolphins and says this is was a fantastic book. It kept her interest throughout.
cinammonbunny More than 1 year ago
i'm not done reading this yet. i took it out of my teacher's library in language arts and started to read it. it looked really good... but then soon i started to get reaalllyyy BORED OUTTA MY MIND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i'm going to keep reading it................