The nightingale is known for its beautiful songs with an impressive range of whistles, trills, and gurgles. Its song is particularly noticeable at night because few other birds are singing then. Nightingales have often been featured in literature, such as John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale," Shakespearean sonnets, and Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Nightingale." In author Lisa Flynn's illustrated children's story "The Nightingale who Lost and Found His Song," a nightingale has lost his voice completely, which for a nightingale is tragic. Fortunately his friend Raven decided to call on Owl, the wisest bird in the forest. Owl quickly diagnosed the cause of Nightingale's muteness. In learning the cause of his inability to speak and sing, Nightingale learned a valuable lesson about having the courage to speak out against things that are wrong. Once Nightingale accepted his responsibility to use his voice for good, like magic his voice returned, and his song had never sounded so sweet and lovely.
With the author's warm tongue-in-cheek humor and the color illustrations, children will enjoy the story, and they'll learn about speaking out against others' hurtful words, even when the words are not directed against themselves.
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