The Dolphin Song..
This story is well written in a language which can be understood by the CHILD within us!!
A book filled with a child’s innocence, thoughts which can weave wonders, belief so powerful, and love so unconditional.
I had a look at this book in my college library.
There was a picture of a dolphin and behind it, the dreaded ocean where its life was uncertain. That was enough to get me curious & the next thing you know, i started reading it.
The cast of the book is as follows:
Martine – A special child with healing powers
Gwen Thomas – Her grand-mother
Grace , Tendai – Her well-wishers
& some school friends.
It all began in the first book, when she fulfilled the prophecy of being the animal healer.
The prophecy stated that a young child who will successfully ride the white giraffe JEMMY will be the one who will help animals.
She did that, and thus was known as the special child, the chosen one!
The story continues in the form of a “Sardine run” which Martine and her school friends are going to witness.
While on voyage, she happens to see a herd of dolphins.
They seem to be telling her something, but she can’t understand.
Maybe it was a warning of things to come, and guess what.. the next hour brought a violent storm and a broken fence meant a set of kids got trapped in the ocean, left to die in the darkness.
The kids knew that the ocean has predators in form of sharks, but they also knew from a previous school visit that sharks can survive on plankton and they don’t eat humans unless they consider it as a threat.
Out of nowhere, dolphins emerge and take the kids to a nearby island.
They name each dolphin a unique name based on some feature which makes every dolphin unique.
The island is isolated, humanity is extinct and the kids at such a tender age start to fend for their survival.
One fine day, they spot 21 dolphins who drag themselves to the sand, to die.
The kids have no much strength, but a heart of gold.They take turns, keep them in living condition until the waves take them away.
They do help 20 but one old dolphin kept coming back.
It died but threw out a steel cable out of her mouth. the kids start wondering, where did the cable come from? Who is behind all this? Why are the dolphins ready to die? Is something apart from sharks so dangerous that they prefer to suicide.?
The rest of the plot covers all the answers to the above questions.
The climax of this book results in,
The kids saving the day with full courage.
The kids returning a favor towards the dolphins.
The strengthening of friendship between all kids which didn’t exist prior to the trip.
& finally the dolphins.
I would like to complete this review with one quote from the book which was too overwhelming.
“The thing about dolphins is, you always seem to smile when you look at em”