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Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to ...
Eager to learn more about this child, as well as the marine environment she was raised in, scientists take her to Boston University to be studied. Here Mila learns about her human body and mind, including the joys of using her hands, the ability to communicate with words, and most of all, the gift of playing music. But soon Mila learns that there is a darker side to humans, a manipulative nature that often frustrates her. She is torn between her new life with these confusing creatures and her longing to return to her uncomplicated dolphin family.
"As moving as a sonnet, as eloquently structured as a bell curve, this book poignantly explores what it means to be human."- Publishers Weekly, starred review
From the Cassette edition.
After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.
The rescuers who find her on a key off the coast of Cuba dub her Mila—Spanish for "miracle"—for although she weighs barely 100 pounds and bears sucker and barnacle scars, she is healthy and alert, human in form but with strange gestures, sounds, and behavior she learned from the dolphins with whom she has lived for at least 10 years. Taken to a research facility, Mila launches into her new life with enthusiasm, spurred by the hope that she will soon be returned to her marine family. She excels at her studies and displays a genius for music. As someone whose inner resilience has allowed her to develop a dual nature, Mila is utterly convincing; in a highly individual voice, she describes her old and new lives—e.g., "the sea is a big home where all the time is swimming and all the time is singing and all the time is touching in the big wet." Changes in type size and style signal Mila's inner shifts as she turns toward humanity, then away, finding in the dolphins a wiser, more comfortable society. A probing look at what makes us human, with an unforgettable protagonist.
Posted September 28, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2010
Posted December 13, 2009
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................Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2009
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I read this book in third grade, and now I am a freshman in high school. Although I could comprehend very little at the time, I loved this book a lot. It became my favorite book. I love this book. However, I have not read it since. I would recommend it to anyone. Mila is the picture of innocence, not knowing of the human world. It's interesting I thought to watch her progress slowly and then slowly become less and less productive and so on. Fantastic book. Read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2009
Our class is reading The Music of Dolphins. Were reading it in reading class. You should read this book, it's very interesting because a girl who was living at sea ever since four is interesting. She lived with the dolphins. And speaks dolphin seriously what's up with that. Then a man thought she was a mermaid since she was so far from sea and the man took her back they said she was a ordinary girl. The government named her Mila. Mila was the government property. She kept acting like a dolphin so she had to be taught like a little girl. Will Mila find her family? Will she find her way back home?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2009
DO NOT READ!
This book Music of the Dolphins is weird. A girl named Mila is raised by dolphins!
First of all who is raised by dolphins? Second of all She is between 11 and 15 and trying to learn ENLISH! If you want to waste your time reading this NO ONES STOPING YOU. Again this book is the weirdest book in the whole universe!
The Music of Dolphins
I read a book call The Music of Dolphins. In this book a girl name Mila use to live with dolphins. A man come and take her to the hospital. They try to teach are English and she meets a girl name Shay. Mila talks about the sea and the dolphins, the sharks and the killer whales. She wants to learn more English so she can go back home to the sea. Will Mila go back to the sea or will she live like a human? If you want to know you have to read this book to find out.
Posted January 13, 2009
Posted October 23, 2008
Splash went the dolphin¿s tail as I dived into this book! The book The Music of Dolphins is an amazing story about a girl named Mila. When she was young, she and her mom and brother were flying on an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean when the plane they were flying in crashed on an island off the coast of Florida. Mila was the only one on the whole plane that survived! Mila was raised by dolphins and she only knew the things that the dolphins knew. For example, she could hold her breath really long, but she had no idea what a fork was. Boy, was she in for a big surprise! Mila was discovered and captured by humans. They brought her to a rehabilitation center where she would learn things about being a girl.<BR/> In the rehab center, she makes a bunch of buddies. Some of them are Shay, Doctor Beck, Sandy, and Justin. Shay and Mila are sort of alike. They were both wild children, except Shay was found in the mountains. Mila was a role model to Shay. She was very shy and would only talk to Mila. Doctor Beck and Sandy, her assistant, are Mila and Shay¿s doctors. Sandy is a not really a doctor she is more like an assistant. Mila becomes close with Sandy. Doctor Beck is a real doctor. She is the one who shows Mila how to live like a human. Doctor Beck can be a little rough, but most of the time she is nice. Justin is Doctor Beck¿s son. He and Mila become really close. They go out for walks and he helps Sandy take care of Mila, too. Overall, she has plenty of people who love her, even if they aren¿t her family. <BR/> This book is like The Island of Blue Dolphins because like Mila, Karana has to learn new things. But, in her case, she has to learn them to survive. Mila has to learn new things so she can become more human. <BR/> Karen Hesse has written many stories. She wrote Letters from Rafika which is about a girl from Russia. Her family is fleeing to America during the Holocaust. She goes through many hard times as her trip moves on. This book is also really good. Karen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. When she was little she wanted to be many things. I am so glad that she decided to be an author or we wouldn¿t have all of these great books by her. As you can plainly see, this story by Karen Hesse is astounding.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2008
i loved this book it really was a mystery type of book, it got me interested when i looked on the cover. i really enjoyed reading it i read it so many times, iwas dissapointed when i was done reading it, i never wanted the book to end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2008
This book was just amazing. I kept reading it and i didn't want to stop. It is incridebale that the girl was able to survive from dolphin milk. i can't believe people found and rescued her. It is outstanding!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2007
Posted September 30, 2007
At first, I was thinking ' Here we go again...' but once I read the first page, I was excited! This book is told from the eyes of an inocent young girl who's been raised by dolphins here whole life after being lost at sea. It takes a stunning yet true look into human nature and its pros and cons. In Mila's eyes, you have the good things (music and books) and the bad things (seperation and anger). She relises that if she wants to be human, she has to follow the rules. An amazing book that, although very short, is incredibly sweet and gives out a huge message. I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of what you like.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2007
Posted February 5, 2007
Posted December 27, 2006
this book is an amazing look at our society and life from the eyes of someone innocent. it's really quite deep and I would recomend it to everyone. Especially adults. It's not written with witty or entertaining prose and it takes very little time to read and comprehend, but the message here is so outstanding that it should be read by everyone in the modern world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2006
Wow, The book that is sad and happy and the most interesting book I ever read. A girl thats a dolphin and all her adventures!! Please read it. I know for sure that you'll love it!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2006
I read this book when I was around 10, and i still enjoy it now 4 years later!! it makes me really wish that Karen had made a sequal to this book so I could know what happened to Mila after Justin promised to give her back to the sea. This book touched my heart and i hope it has the same effect on young readers today!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2005
This story is about a girl who was discovered living with dolphins since she was four! Researchers name her Mila and teach her to speak and play music. Mila misses the openness of dolphin life, but she also likes the world she¿s in now. Will Mila go back to the sea with her dolphin family or stay here with her human friends? This book was so good. I liked how the author Karen Hesse used large print to show how she thought and as she learned more the writing became smaller. I think it helps you to understand what Mila goes through. I really liked this book it was sad and it made you happy at the same time. I think it¿s a must read for anyone who feels trapped and can¿t find a way out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2005
Posted September 30, 2004
This is an amazing book and on my top 10 of all time list. In a world full of war and dogmatism we need spiritual inspiration like this. It reminds me of Flowers for Algernon and Ring of Endless LightWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.