Pu'ukani's Song

A Short Story

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
36 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2013
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Author Biography

Hannah Steenbock is a German writer of Speculative Fiction. She uses both her native German and English as languages for her tales, as she loves English and tends to think in that language when plotting Fantasy.

After finishing university with a degree in English and Spanish, she lives and works in Kiel, the northernmost state capital of Germany. Her other pastimes include working as a therapist, riding horses, strolling along beaches, talking with trees, and devouring as many stories as time allows.

Her book "Sequoia" won two awards in the Turning the Pages Book of the Year Awards, for Best Short Story Book of the Year 2013 and Best Folklore Book of the Year 2013.

    Book Review

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.

Elizabeth Robert

This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. Pu'ukani makes me feel, see and know....truly the author has become Pu'ukani, the whale. It ebbs and flows like the great ocean in which the whales swim. I have always had a soft spot for whales, all animals in nature, but whales touch me as no other. The author brings me into their life. Be it magic or pure genius, she took me on a memorable adventure through the eyes of this whale and it is one I shall never forget.