Winter is a young bottlenose dolphin who had gotten so entangled in a fishing rope that she would have died if she had not been rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A CMA team of trainers, vets, and volunteers immediately set to work trying to save her. Even after the damage from the ropes caused her tail to fall off, Winter kept going. She found a new way to swim, but it was damaging her spine. With the help of a local prosthetics maker, they were able to create a special tail for Winter. Thousands of people come to visit Winter and she inspires many with the way she has overcome adversity.
My dolphin-crazed daughter would love this book, even as a teenager. The story is both fascinating and inspirational. The photography is exceptional, and Winter is cuter with every page. My one disappointment is the reading level.
While it is fine for me as an adult, it isn't a book I would have been able to read word-for-word with my daughter when she was the age of the target audience (K-2). Parents will want to read the book first to get a gist of what is discussed on each page so they can answer questions about the photographs.
Readers will ooh and aah over the photos of an adorable dolphin. They will be amazed by the story, as well.
The audience is listed as "lower grade," but the reading level is middle grade.
This is an illustrated nonfiction book based on a true story.
Although the story is mostly a chronology of caring for one dolphin, the book introduces ideas about the species in general, as well as how technology is used to offset disabilities. This is a book that would be good for a school report.
12 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow. The book is written for a younger audience, but the amount of text is likely to make them lose interest.
|Title||Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again|
|Author||Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff|
|Publisher||Scholastic Press © 2009|