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I ordered this book because I thought it would present a lesson/ideas on helping children who have very loud voices. I work in a school which has students with extra loud voices. This book did not offer any learning lessons. The story was okay, however, it was not what I thought it would be.
I absolutely loved the "Sailors' Terms and Phrases" at the beginning of the book. My son loves pirates, so now we will have some new pirate lingo to use when we play pirates.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for the book didn't hold past that page. I'm not sure why but the story of Emily's loud voice wasn't for me. The illustrations on the other hand, were lovely. The author's note at the end was interesting; perhaps a non-fiction book about the time period and whaling ships would have been much more intriguing.