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In a small mountain village, a young girl named Shining is born. As she grows, Shining runs, plays, and smiles like other children, but she does so silently. The villagers fear and shun her, but Shining remains silent and waits for the right moment, and for the right sound, to come--a sound so true, it will win the hearts of her people . . . and win Shining her rightful ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jim Sibigtroth
Aug 22, 2016 Jim Sibigtroth rated it it was amazing
I love to read this book to third grade classes when they are beginning to write creative stories. The students become so curious about why the main character behaves so strangely and does not speak or make any noise at all, that they can be convinced to remain absolutely silent for a minute or so to try to hear the sound that Shining makes when she finally opens her mouth to speak. It is fun to see their faces as they realize the strange things they can hear in a school when the whole class ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Lucia rated it it was amazing
"Long ago in a mountain village, a girl called Shining was born. . . "
She came into the world, beautiful, bright-eyed and silent. Her father said she was "so black her skin shines like the sun." But she also did not cry, laugh, or speak. Because of this, she was considered evil by the rest of the village.

This is a beautiful tail of how powerful being different can be. The words flow so beautifully through this book and the illustratious bring the text more closely to the reader.
Jan 02, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
A precious story about the beauty of silence. Illustrations and texts are rhythmically soothing to the heart.
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In 1961 I moved to New York City where I had a talk radio show on WBAI FM from 1966-1973, hosted a television talk show on WNET from 1969-1971.

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