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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Pu'ukani's Song by Hannah Steenbock is (literally) about Pu'ukani's song. Pu'ukani is a whale who is a magic weaver and a singer. The book is a heart rending tale of a whale who takes us with him on his journey of life. The challenges he faces, his interactions with other whales and humans, his exploration, losses -- all of these form the crux of the book.
Pu'ukani's Song is something which we all can relate to. Day to day life, our relationships, our trials, and sorrows are all depicted through the story of Pu'ukani. Losing one's home, the emotions that go with it, the pain of loss and the healing that follows all add up to the spiritual aspect of the book, which only an adult reader will experience. That makes the book even more interesting.
I found the story immensely touching. It evoked a lot of feelings within me while I was reading. The author's skill makes the book a winner all the way. There is always something appealing when it comes to books with animals. If they are the main character of the book then it's a plus point because it attracts both children and adults. This a book which one might just pick off the book shelf because of its captivating cover picture too. His story of courage and trying to survive in the modern world is something which each one of us experiences. So the story is close to heart and relatable.