Monday, October 26, 2009

Review and Give-Away (Winter's Tail)

Today I am reviewing and hosting a give-away of a wonderful new release from Scholastic Press - Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again.  

Here is the publisher's synopsis: 

When Winter, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was found trapped with her tail badly damaged, she was not expected to survive. This is her miraculous story, from her rescue to learning how to swim again to her unprecedented success using a prosthetic tail. This is also a celebration of her indomitable spirit.

It wasn't until I sat down to type up my review that I realized that Winter's Tail  is written by the authors of Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (a New York Times bestseller that I have been meaning to read; see recent review on Mama Smiles blog) and How One Little Polar Bear Captivated The World (Knut).  It is no surprise then, that this endearing book is so beautifully written.  I think it would appeal to any fans of animal and ocean life, but would be an especially wonderful book for children with prosthetic devices, hearing aids, or other assistive devices.

Excerpt: "One cold winter morning, just off the east coast of Florida, a baby female dolphin managed to get tangled up in a crab trap.  In the effort to free herself, the dolphin caused the ropes securing the crab trap to the buoy to become wrapped around her tail.  The more she struggled, the tighter the ropes became, quickly strangling her tail.  Luckily, a nearby fisherman caught a glimpse of this unusual situation and came to set the little dolphin free.  It was not clear she would survive.  And even if she did survive, how would a dolphin manage without a tail?  How would she swim?  How would she thrive?  Life without her tail would cause many challenges, but with the help and case of a great number of dedicated people, a dolphin named Winter would beat the odds.  In return, Winter's story would inspire and warm the hearts of people all over the world."

The photographs throughout the book alternate between beautiful shots of Winter swimming and detailed images of her rescue and treatment.  They show the multitude of people who were involved with her care and the wonderful reception she received from an adoring public.

The suggested reading age is 4-8.  I just flipped through the photos with our two-year old Bibliophile and then read it on my own.


Additional Links


Give-Away Details



One reader will receive a  Winter’s Tail prize pack consisting of:

Prize value is $81.99!


How to Enter:

1. Comment on this post for one entry.

2. Follow or subscribe to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile and leave a comment letting us know.

3. Blog about this give-away and leave a comment letting us know.

4. Tweet with a link to the give-away and leave a comment letting us know.

Maximum number of entries: 4 per person.  The Winter’s Tail book promotion is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail).  Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if your email address is not available in your profile.  Deadline: November 9, 2009, midnight, Mountain Time.


Essay Contest

If you have any young readers/writers in your home, or if you are a teacher, take a look at this essay contest that Scholastic is running.  "Scholastic wants to hear about an animal that has most inspired your children by having them tell us about their favorite animal hero in 200 words or less.  One grand prize winner and his/her guardian will receive a trip to visit Winter at her home in Clearwater, Florida, one night's stay at a hotel, $500 travel voucher, a Winter prize pack and a Nintendo DS Game system!  10 runners up with receive a copy of Winter's Tail, a Winter's Tail Nintendo DS game and a Winter plush doll!"  


I was provided with one copy of Winter's Tail in order to write this review.  Purchasing products by clicking through the links in this post to Amazon.com will provide us a modest commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.  

158 comments:

Erin said...

It sounds like a beautiful book, particularly if it is anything like Owen and Mzee. It is absolutely stunning.

I'd love to be in the draw, I have a friend in the States:)

Christy said...

I think my kids would love that book!

Pam said...

My 19 month old and I are big big fans of our local (and largest in the country!) Georgia Aquarium. The only thing it doesn't have quite yet are dolphins but we talk about them regularly. They're my favorite and my son really does get excited about them. We were actually lucky enough to pass within a few feet of a fleet this summer on a sailing trip in South Carolina. This looks like a great story. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

Joannof10 said...

This book looks wonderful! I have a houseful of kids who would enjoy it :-)

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Krissa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. My son has just discovered ocean life and can't get his hands on enough books!

Ivy said...

Sounds wonderful and I think my daughter would love it. Thanks!

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Librarian Mommy said...

Sounds like a great animal book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Carol said...

Sounds like a wonderful book that my daughter and niece would enjoy. Thanks for entering me.

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cdziuba said...

What a nice giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.



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cdziuba said...

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peg42 said...

What a wonderful prize. My sons, after seeing dolphins for the first time this past summer, are amazed by them. They'd really enjoy this prize pack.
Thanks so much.

taterbug said...

This sounds like an awesome book and a great learning tool for young readers. I have 3 grandchildren who fall within the recommended reading ages. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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MaryAnne said...

My kids would love this prize pack - and, as you know, we loved the Owen and Mzee book!

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MaryAnne said...

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Kasey said...

This is an amazing story! I'd love to have this to share with my husband's granddaughter. She loves for anyone to sit and read with her.

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Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

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Cheryl said...

If I am fortunate enough to win this giveaway, I am donating it to my daughter's classroom library/media center. I think all the children will enjoy it.

Cheryl said...

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Cheryl said...

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chromiumman said...

we'd love to win this

Tracey said...

Emily got to visit Winter this past summer. She would love to have this prize.
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Nicole said...

My daughter would love this!!

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Annette D said...

Wow! Sounds like a wonderful book.
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Anonymous said...

Really nice prize package! Enter me please. Thanks.

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Elena said...

This book looks really cute, I'm sure my daughter would enjoy it. Thanks for the contest!

Kristie said...

This sounds like a wonderfully inspiring story that I would love to share with my kids! :-)

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Britt said...

How cool! Looks like a great book. I love dolphins and so do my kids. Well, okay, Mister just thinks they're fish, but he sure loves fish!
Already a follower... :D

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lindley said...

My little 4 year old boy is crazy in love with sea creatures! I bet he would love this!!!

AND--I follow your blog!

BL said...

Thank you.

littlelatina said...

This looks adorable

Karen A. said...

Both my daughter and granddaughter collect dophins. This would be a fantastic win that I could split between the two of them.

mogrill said...

What a wonderful story!! Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

cstironkat said...

This is such an inspiring true story. Thank you so much.

digigamerdude said...

Neat

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Sunnyvale said...

This would be nice for my grandkids

clc408 said...

I know my nephew would love it. Thanks for the chance.

tawnda said...

this would be a perfect gift!

Wehaf said...

This book sounds awesome; I'd love to share it with some of the little people in my life.

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Bethie said...

My little guy just adores dolphins, he would love this.

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pitaharmon said...

My two daughters are dolphin fanatics. This would make a nice surprise for them.
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mail4rosey said...

My daughter would be more than pleased with this prize.

Thank you for the giveaway.
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Danetta said...

My son would love this! Thanks for the great giveaway :)
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courtneystoffel said...

This sounds wonderful. I would love this for my son. It's something I know he would enjoy reading.

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randycur0962 said...

I know it's a kids story, but I didn't understand the crab net idea. I thought crabs were caught in cages, shouldn't it have been in a tuna net? Hopefully, this will still inspire children to relate more to their natural surrounding anyway. I guess it's still a positive inspiration for them. randycur0962@yahoo.com

sweetsue said...
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sweetsue said...

This would be a wonderful way to teach my grandchildren about dolphins!
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Julie said...

I read about Winter the dolphin in an article in Reader's Digest-very interesting :)

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Julie said...

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Nanci said...

My daughter loves dolphins and would enjoy this book.

Missesprincess said...

Would love to have this for my niece ~ LOVE it!!

Erica C. said...

My ocean-loving daughter would love this set! Thanks :)

Krista said...

Would love to win this

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Dolphin Girl said...

We love dolphins here! Thanks!

Uncles said...

I love this story I really want this book.

Jim W. said...

What a great prize package

turboterp said...

My family would love this beautiful story. Thank you!

Angela C said...

Please enter me! I love Dolphins and this seems like a remarkable story for the kids>

Erica G said...

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idahomom said...

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jsc123 said...

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roseh2o19 said...

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pauline15 said...

My son is finally loving to read and I am always looking for new books to read. Since he loves animal books, I look forward to checking out this book further!
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Sharon said...

My kiddos would love that.

ShesAnAngel said...

I'd love to win something like this, I am constantly encouraging my children to love and respect animals and I think this does that in a great way!!

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electricisland said...

This would be good for Evan and Mitchell. They might both want the dolphin though ha ha

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ky2here said...

I"d love for our grandchildren to have a better sense of the balance between humanity and nature.

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Winning Readings said...

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Lisa said...

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joseph said...

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This looks great for my boys.
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Dawn said...

After going to Sea World last month my daughter is in love with dolphins. This would be agreat gift for her.

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Sher said...

I think both of my children would enjoy this!

Sher said...

I am a subscriber!

Lower Mitten Kitten said...

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Sonya said...

This book looks so amazing! My kids love dolphins!

rb109972 said...

This book sounds awesome

Roberta said...

Thank you for including information about the essay contest, too. I'll be sure to pass that on.

Anonymous said...

My soon to be niece or nephew would love this. I think it is important to teach our children to appreciate nature.

lorides said...

I am a teacher and I love the contest on their site. I have 2 students in mind as well as my own daughter to enter the competition,
thanks for the info.
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Anonymous said...

It sounds like a beautiful book. I have always been impressed with dolphins and their intelligence.

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Ginny said...

I love Dolphins & the book looks beautiful!

Ginny said...

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AEKZ2 said...

My family would love this. Thanks for the chance.

Connie said...

I would absolutely love to win this for my 9 year old grandson! He loves animals, dolphins included and has a DS so this would be an awesome set for him. Thank you so very much for the chance!

Connie said...

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Anonymous said...

I heart dolphins!

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Kimberly said...

This is such an inspiring story. I like all the forms of media used to help kids relate even more.

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ellie said...

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Emilie said...

What a great looking book and game. I know it would be a big hit at Christmas. Thanks so much!

Oneangel said...

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Jammie said...

I am a huge dolphin lover, and my daughter likes all animals. I would love to win this for her. Thanks for the chance

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Angela G said...

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crystalf said...

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Jayfr said...

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i think my grandkids would love this book.....not to mention the plush toy





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Mary said...

This is one of the best giveaways that I've come across. Great prize!

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Tiffany said...

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Amanda said...

I thikn I would enjoy this as much as Hannah. :)

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Deb K said...

My granddaughter would love this~Thanks for the chance :)

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Gianna said...

Please enter me :)

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Atreau said...

Dolphins are such amazing animals!

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