New Picture Book Fiction Features Dolphins in an Inspiring Tale

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Jane Edna Stravens tells of a remarkable young girl whom despite her silence, spoke loud and clear the language of life, love, and faith

Inspired by her love of children and her faith, teacher and author Jane Edna Stravens crafts a heart-moving story that restores wonder and awe in the beautiful creations of God; the curious, intelligent, and playful dolphins, and a child that some might consider impaired, but is actually imbued with a unique beauty and profundity surpassing the norm.

Listen to the Silence is a tale about Shirley Laport, a wonderful and intelligent child from a small village called Quattre Borne in the district of Takamaka in the Seychelles, who didn’t talk until the age of six, on the eve of her First Holy Communion. Shirley didn’t want to talk because she had to listen to the silence and keep a secret until it was time for her to reveal it. The secret was a therapy learned by her friends, the dolphins.

A book best suited for young, intermediate readers, Listen to the Silence is beautifully illustrated, and its prose is clear and elegant. Upon reading, youths will find their fascination with dolphins enhanced, and more importantly, gain an insight into the diverseness of humanity, that there are other ways for people to express joie de vivre apart from spoken words.

This book will be featured in the New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, New York, on November 2-5, 2011. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Jane Edna Stravens was born in the island Republic of Seychelles. She devotes her time to volunteer work. She has a BAC in Theology and works with children, teaching catechism and the arts. Her love for children pushed her to dedicate this novel to them, besides, she also provides food for those in need and have excellent projects for them too which she would like to realize soon.

Listen to the Silence * by Jane Edna Stravens
Publication Date: July 21, 2011
Picture Book; £15.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4628-8656-2
Picture Book Hardcover; £25.99; 44 pages; 978-1-4628-8657-9

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