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Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Inspirational story of a dolphin who beats the odds.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

This it the true life story which became Dolphin Tale (the 3D Movie, released 9-30-11)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and wish I had it when my 3 kids were in preschool or elementary school, but the events probably had not yet happened (they are in their twenties now.) Although I have not yet seen the movie, it was released today 9-30-11. I bet it will be a great movie, worth watching.

Is It Any Good?

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Children and parents will cheer for gutsy Winter, who overcomes great challenges and touches the hearts of people around the world. The story is inspiring, and this telling makes the most of Winter’s spirited personality. The focus here is admirable -- on hope, resilience, and helping each other -- but parents may lament missed opportunities for detail and depth. More science and context (How unusual is Winter’s prosthetic tail? Are prostheses for animals common?) would have greatly enhanced the tale.
The back section of the book provides more information on dolphins and their trainers, the aquarium, and the company that made Winter’s tail (some of it seems to come straight from press releases, however). Parents who want to explore the material further can download material from Scholastic.

Serviceable photographs show researchers and trainers working with Winter, and how her prosthetic tail is constructed.

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