About the Book BARNABY'S SONG Nancy Floege Anderson Author ID: 966 864 Being happy with ourselves, whatever our own unique strengths and frailties, is often a lesson late learned. For Barnaby, however, it comes early. Barnaby was born enjoying his genetic "gifts" and so wastes few moments in regret. Though from birth on, Barnaby's singing is a trial to all but him, he healthily deals with exclusion and animosity from others. Finally, during a fourth-grade emergency, the truth of his gift comes out. Barnaby's story sends a message of self-acceptance and promise of a time to shine. Who knows where hidden talents will take us? Maybe the vibrational cosmos has unseen dimensions for us all. Easy reading for grades three to five, Barnaby's story contains much use of figurative speech such as personification metaphors, similes, alliteration, and of course, oxymorons. Affixes and compound words provide teaching elements as well, making it an entity for classroom fun as well as individual enjoyment.