Song of the Dolphin Boy notes for teachers
Song of the Dolphin Boy—Discussion Notes
1. [Finn] didn’t quite fit in with anyone. Examine the ways in which Finn could be described as an outsider. Do you think he’s really as different as he feels?
2. The swell washed round him softly as if it was welcoming him. It seemed almost to hold him in an embrace. Discuss the language and imagery used by the author to describe the sea. Is it effective?
3. Why do you think the author chose to set her story in this fishing village?
4. Jas and Finn have both grown up without a mother — how do their experiences compare?
5. Finn had brought himself up without much help from his dad. Discuss Finn’s relationship with his father. How does it change throughout the story?
6. Compare and contrast the friendships Finn makes throughout the story — with both the dolphins and the Lighthouse Crew.
7. And then, with the greatest joy he had ever known, he stopped wondering about what was happening, and gave himself up to the sea. He felt as if he had come home. Is there anything that makes you feel as happy as Finn does in the sea? Perhaps a hobby or sport?
8. Then he saw that the balloon’s string was caught in the dolphin’s teeth. She was twisting herself round to get rid of it, but only succeeded in tangling it over one of her flippers. Have the environmental elements of this story made you think about how we treat our planet? What do you think can we do to be greener?
You Can Help!
Rubbish, such as glass or plastic bottles, floats in almost every ocean and sea. This is very dangerous for marine animals who eat plastic bags confusing them with food and get tangled in the rubbish.
You Can Help!
You can answer the SOS! Here are some tips:
· Recycle plastic, glass and other materials. This prevents them getting into the sea, and saves natural resources taken from the sea
· Say no to using plastic straws, cups or cutlery when you can
· Remember to take your own bags to the shops instead of using plastic bags
· When you go for a picnic outside, remember to bring back all your rubbish with you or recycle/dispose in a bin
· If you see some rubbish on the beach pick it up and recycle or throw in a proper bin
· When you’re on the coast or in the sea, avoid damaging rocks, seaweed, animals and corals
· Do not collect animals or plants. Leave them as part of the natural habitat
· Do not buy souvenirs of marine animals, such as starfish and seahorses