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Dolphin Adventure: A True Story Hardcover – August 20, 1990


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Grade 3-4-- In a first-person account, Grover describes a dramatic and emotional encounter with a wild dolphin family needing help off the Atlantic coast of Florida. Three dolphins, two adults and a baby, attract his attention with their clicking and then swim near him until he notices that the baby is bleeding from fishing line tangled around its tail and a hook embedded in its flesh. Grover performs underwater surgery with his diving knife, carefully cutting away the line and removing the hook, thus saving the dolphin from certain death. The baby dolphin's blood in the water attracts two hungry sharks that the large male dolphin dispatches by head-on attacks into the sharks' gills, thus saving the author's life. Two weeks later Grover recognizes the scar on the tail of a young dolphin swimming with a group of dolphins around his boat and experiences great joy at seeing his recovered patient. This a fascinating story, nicely illustrated with drawings in shades of gray, black, and white. It's unfortunate, though, that the author explains his feelings rather than allowing the powerful story to demonstrate them. --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"An animal lover's dream come true." -- -- ALA Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (August 20, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688094422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688094423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is absolutely one of the best children's books I've ever read.
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Even if they are not familiar with the ocean, the story of wild animals seeking humans for care is amazing.
Love board games
A book that is simple enough for a 1st grader but equally interesting for an adult to read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dolphin Adventure A True Story is about a diver named Wayne Grover and how he helps a dolphin family. He was diving one day and a wild dolphin family came to him. Wayne saw that the baby dolphin was hurt. He helped get the hook out of the dolphin's flesh.

Then, sharks attacked. After the battle and the sharks were far away, the hook was out. Then, the dolphins swam away. Wayne wondered what would happen to the baby dolphin. Would the baby get tracked down and eaten by sharks, would it bleed to death, or would it survive? To find the answer read this book.

I liked this book because it is something that really happened and you would always wonder what is going to happen next. I also liked the fact that it had dolphins and humans working together, and that Wayne Grover helped a dolphin. I would give this book 5 stars. This book is exciting, sad, curious, and happy all at the same time. This book would be good for ages 7 and up. If you like books about dolphins or adventures this book is for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Telenko on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am now 20 years old and haven't read this book since Elementary school. Today, I randomly found the book on Amazon and the familiar first edition hardcover. I don't know how old I was when I first read it, but I independently borrrowed it from the library at least 3 different times and enjoyed reading it every time. I've always remembered, foremost, the cleverness of the Dolphins and the anxiety and relief I felt every time I read the scenes with the sharks or the baby being unhooked. I would say Dolphin Adventure has made a positive and lasting impression upon me and that every animal-loving child should read it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sycamore on March 20, 2004
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My 4-year-old daughter loves dolphins. I had been looking for books for reading to her other than picture books. I read it straight through to her and she loved it. I had to read it again immediately.
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By Joey on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
By Olivia Cassady

This book is about a man who is a diver and how he helps a baby dolphin. One day he was diving when he saw three dolphins swimming toward him. He didn't know what they wanted at first, but a couple minutes after, he realized that they wanted help. He knew that he was short of supplies, but he did what he could do to help them. There was a fishhook in the baby's tail so the diver got out a knife and tried to cut the string. Then, the next thing he did was to get the fishhook out of the baby's tail. The baby was saved, but then three ugly sharks came swimming toward them! The father shark tried to avoid them while the others swam up to the surface for safety. They escaped the sharks and said goodbye to the man. So, from that moment on the man believed that he would see them again. This is a great book about man and dolphin. I recommend that you read it!
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A book that is simple enough for a 1st grader but equally interesting for an adult to read! My child and I both enjoyed it reading.
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We love books based on true stories, and knowing this story was true really added so much to the enjoyment. It's a heartwarming and exciting story to read to a child.
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By Love board games on April 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is written in an easy format for young nature lovers. Even if they are not familiar with the ocean, the story of wild animals seeking humans for care is amazing. We've been told many times how intelligent dolphins are and this story just emphasizes the fact. There is something about these beautiful animals that draws people to them. Nice that they can come freely without fear to people, as well.
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By Mo on December 27, 2012
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This little paperback is a fun read if you like toughing animal tales. You can take it anywhere and have yourself a dolphin adventure. It's a short investment but worth the effort.
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