Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Who Doesn’t Love Dolphins?

Dolphins communicate by echolocation, bouncing clicks off objects to determine size, shape, distance, direction, and speed. We humans communicate by clicks, too. I'm glad you've clicked in to read about a special dolphin.

WINTER’S TALE: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff. Scholastic, 2009.

Winter is a baby dolphin who got into big trouble. Tangled in rope securing a crab trap to a buoy, she might never have known a future. Instead, she was rescued by Jim Savage, the only fisherman braving the cold wintery conditions in Mosquito Lagoon off the coast of Florida on a particular day in December 2005.

In spite of the TLC she received from the experts at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, her survival was uncertain. She lost her tail. The odds against her mounted. Struggle is universal. Everyone relates. Not only did Winter pull through, but the skills and innovations employed to save her helped improve the lives of people.

Now plucky, fun-loving Winter is famous. Her story makes page turning as interesting for the adult reader as for the child listener.

Winter should be declared an MVD--Most Valuable Dolphin--if dolphins click click about awards the way we do. Who knows? Maybe they do.

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