A wonderfully original and very sweetly illustrated picture book. Perfect for restless children at bedtime.
This is a very sweet story. In a nutshell, a group of animals (deer) go on a safari — a human safari! I liked that. It’s different. So, off they go, and what fun they have, getting to see the crazy humans, puzzling over how they stand on their hind legs — and have fingers! I must say, this is a very original story. Not only that, but it's well written, accessible in terms of vocabulary, and there's lots of humour running through the story.
I think most children aged 5-7 will find this an exciting story, particularly when Fawn gets lost in the town and has to find her way home. All in all, this is a gem of a book. It's sweetly illustrated, colorful, and packed full of animal characters for younger children to relate to.
A Wishing Shelf Book Review (condensed by Leonore Dvorkin, editor of People Safari) www.thewsa.co.uk
Have you ever overheard whispers about yourself? Imagine if you had learned to depend on your ears and could hear even better than the average person. To begin her series about extraordinary preteens overcoming a variety of challenges, the author shares what it was like coming of age as a totally blind student in West Texas.
For Amber, there almost seems to be a contest at her middle school as to who can be the meanest to her. She has to endure humiliation in the school cafeteria, in choir class, at a school dance, at the mall, and even at a family gathering. And always, there are the relentless whispers.
At long last, after meeting other blind kids and then setting a new and better academic course for herself, Amber — who has renamed herself Cheyenne — finds her way to a much happier environment, one in which she can grow and thrive.
This book is full of so much real and raw emotion. As a fellow blind person, there was so much that I could relate to. I even practically cried at some parts because the author does such a great job with bringing the emotions to life. The author did an excellent job explaining how it can feel for people who are different from the majority. It's even better because it's based on a true story. Very well done! Highly recommend!
CATCHY QUOTE: "A compelling, coming-of-age story of a blind girl and the hardships and bullying she faced."
I must admit, I spend a lot of my time enjoying plot-driven novels, so it was fun to finally get my hands on a book that's not so much focused on story, but on a particular person´s journey. Whispers is the autobiographical account of a blind teenager, chronicling her life in school and the bullying (and whispers) she faced. Simply written, this is a captivating story offering children aged 9 – 12 a thought-provoking insight into what it must be like to grow up with a disability.
Although it's very sad in parts, and I was often stunned (and angered) by the bullying she faced from her peers, I still very much enjoyed this author's story. Written in the style of a novel, this short book has so much to offer to young readers. And lessons too! The importance of understanding, of kindness, and how wonderful (and harmful) words can be. It's not filled with drama as such; there's no defined beginning, middle and end. The best way of describing this book is a 'journey'. And I must say, I very much enjoyed going along for the ride.
All in all, I'm very happy to recommend this captivating story to 9 – 12 year old children. Also, it would be wonderful in a school library or as a class reader as a catalyst for promoting discussion on disability, bullying, and the power of words.
Mom's Choice Award recipient Feather Chelle is a single mother of five who lives in Texas, along with two grandpuppies and two grandpiggies (guinea pigs). She is totally blind due to a battle with cancer and enjoys homeschooling with her family. She has been in love with the ocean since she was five years old and loves learning more about it every day. She loves to teach and has been writing since the first grade, although her first book was not published until the end of 2020.
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More books by this author, which are available on Amazon, include:
Stranded: The Cetacea Chronicles Volume 1
The Colors of Darkness
Ode to Mom
Ode to Dad
Mommy, Sing Me a Lullyby!
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