I miss writing about what I've read and I'm curious about what others have read, so here I am participating in the "kidlitosphere." I'll post some critical essay stuff, some book reviews, and write about my adventures with reading like a kid again.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (picture coming soon)is a wonderful book and true story about a little dolphin that survives a big ordeal. When Winter gets caught in some traps meant for other sea animals, she begins struggling and ends up more tangled than before. Thanks to a watchful fisherman, Winter is rescued and sent to a facility where she can rest and repair. Winter was lucky to be alive, but had a tough journey ahead. Her tail was too damaged and fell off, leaving her unable to swim.
This book chronicles Winter's journey from tangled and mangled to happy and healthy (minus a tail). While it is a short book, it is full of meaning for those who read it. Nature loving children will like the real life photos of the brave dolphin, rescuing children will like to know how Winter was helped, and other children will connect with Winter's hardships while she learns a new skill. In short, the book will appeal to all kinds of children (and adults, too!).
I especially like the part of the book where winter gets a prosthetic tail and people with prosthetics begin to come and see her. It is nice to know that animals and humans can bond over something so tragic/magic. I also like the technical aspects that are included in making Winter's tail. The book gets pretty specific, but not so in depth as to be daunting.
I think that this book could be a great addition to several classroom lessons as well as a inspirational tool for parents/guardians.
I LOVE to read. I'll read just about anything. Right now, it is mostly children's, tween, and teen literature because of my job, but I read grown-up stuff too. Hopefully, I can start getting a few ARCs in the near future and do some (pre)reviews! For now, I'll just stick to what my library has and what I can find on the new shelf.
5 Pages - This book kept me up all night. If I didn't finish is in one sitting, I thought about it while I was away.
4 Pages - This book held my interest and made me want to read on.
3 Pages - This book was OK. I liked it, but not lots and lots.
2 Pages - This book was less than I expected, but still worthy of a read.
1 Page - I'm glad that's over (if I finished at all)!
If you are an author or a publisher, I'd love to review your book(s). Please contact me through the e-mail listed on my profile and we can arrange a place for the books to be sent.
In general, I'm not picky about what I read, but please keep it children's, tween, or teen material. I especially like sci-fi, fantasy, and future dystopia, but really anything goes!
Please allow a few (3-4) weeks for me to read and review your book becaue I will review books in the order they are received. If I decide not to review a book for any reason, I will notify you of my decision.