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:
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.
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