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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7-A stimulating text and vibrant, full-color photographs entice readers on this trip down the Amazon to meet these freshwater rain-forest creatures. Written in second person and in a light, conversational tone, the narrative evokes a magical environment as readers accompany the author and a guide on a voyage to investigate these little-known animals. Different physically and behaviorally from the more common bottle-nosed variety, pink dolphins are hard to observe as they swim low and never leap out of the water. As the adventure proceeds, readers encounter all kinds of plant and animal life, meet a couple of scientists, and learn how observation leads to understanding. They see how children in this part of the world live, hear a folktale about an encantado, travel back through time to discover the animal's ancient origins, and glimpse the future of the Amazon as the forests are destroyed. Spanish and Portuguese words and phrases are occasionally integrated into the text. Hand-drawn colorful maps and a time line illustrate habitat and history, and there are a wealth of features at the back, including an annotated list for further reading, information on making a similar trip, statistics, odd facts, and unsolved mysteries. The author's sense of wonder at this spectacular environment and this unusual animal is infectious and makes for a nonfiction title that inspires as it informs.
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Gr. 5-8. Naturalist Montgomery traveled to South America to satisfy her curiosity about the mysterious pink dolphins called encantado, or "enchanted." She met with locals and experts to gather information, and she made several valiant efforts to locate the encantado herself. In the end, however, the creatures remained elusive. (In fact, the only clear photos of an encantado are of a dolphin in a Pittsburgh zoo.) So, instead of a traditional animal study, children are treated to a captivating travelogue, complete with numerous color photos of the people and places that incorporates political, environmental, and zoological aspects of the region. The transition from topic to topic may be a challenge for some readers, and some will find Montgomery's use of the second person odd ("Your canoe is stuck in the treetops! Bet you didn't think that would be a problem when you left the United States"). But children with a taste for adventure will enjoy this enthusiastic field trip to the rainforest and chance meetings with everything from cute monkeys to stinging black ants. Randy Meyer
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618131035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618131037
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"Part Emily Dickinson, part Indiana Jones," as the Boston Globe has called her, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and swum with piranhas and pink dolphins in the Amazon. To research her books, films and articles, she has worked in a pit swarming with 18,000 snakes in Canada and been hunted by a tiger in India. She has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia's Gobi desert in search of snow leopards and penetrated the cloud forests of Papua New Guinea to radio collar tree kangaroos. No place is too far to go to bring animals' true stories to adults and children around the world.

Th author of the national bestseller, The Good Good Pig, as well as 15 other celebrated nonfiction books, Montgomery writes for print as well as broadcast in an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible at what she considers a critical turning point in human history. "We are on the cusp of either destroying this sweet, green Earth or revolutionizing the way we understand the rest of animate creation," she says. "It's an important time to be writing about the connections we share with our fellow creatures. It's a great time to be alive."

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This is a wonderful book for kids or adults.
Full of the excitement of discovery and the adventure of investigating a little-known creature in a dazzlingly diverse and mysterious rainforest world.
Chicago Reader
It is a perfect book to share with children, my daughter loves it.
Carla Denard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Encantado guides readers on an amazing Amazonian journey, ostensibly to ferret out information on pink dolphins. Montgomery, however, is fishing for young conservationists! Her enthusiasm, glorious descriptions and hilarious comments disguise the fact that Encantado is not only a beautiful, information-packed picture book, it also represents a very real problem in a very real place that is vitally important to all of us.
I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Lawrence on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Last year when I when I was planning to go to the Amazon, I read Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest by Sy Montgomery. It was an adult documentary about the author's journey in search of the Amazonian pink river dolphin. I not only enjoyed the book, but I fell in love with this amazing creature.

When I found Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon by the same author, I had a certain expectation that I would be in for a treat. I was not disappointed. Encantardo captures the essence of adventure, nature, and the illusive habits of the boto rosa, as the natives or Indios call the pink dolphin.

This picture book, clearly geared to young people, is one that will enthrall adults as well. I loved the format, the photographs, and the information. I thought I knew a great deal about botos, especially after my own experiences of swimming with them in the wild, but I learned many new things from this book. The pictures are wonderful. I know from my own attempts that capturing a photo, never mind more than a glimpse, of a pink dolphin is difficult.

What I particularly liked about Encantado was the author's obvious enthusiasm for her subject. What makes this book special is that she is able to translate her enthusiasm to the written work and invite the reader to become involved in caring about and safeguarding this extraordinary animal and the phenomenal rainforest that allows it to survive.

I would recommend this book to families, children and adults, who love wildlife and who have a respect and love for the environment. I think that many young people would become excited to learn that pink dolphins exist, that they are very intelligent, and that they are part of an ecosystem that is unique and necessary to the rest of the world. When readers learn that the lives of these remarkable creatures are in danger, I think they will be glad to find resources in this book that help direct them toward solutions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Reader on May 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvelous book for your kid, your nephew or niece, your grandchild.
Full of the excitement of discovery and the adventure of investigating a little-known creature in a dazzlingly diverse and mysterious rainforest world.
A fun read, and packed with great facts kids will want to learn and share. More than facts, though, the book gets across the idea that the young reader CAN be an explorer, CAN be a scientist, and CAN help save the rainforest. Every kid should read this, and it would make a great addition to grade school curricula.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sy Montgomery's Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest was published in 2000. Sy used her research for that book to write Encantado, a book for young readers, sort of a pink dolphins light.

Much of this book is written in the second person, a device that works well in making a connection between author and her young audience. Montgomery's text is very understandable as she always keeps focused on her audience, on their interests, feelings, and curiosity. Readers will enjoy the photographs which add a layer of richness and reinforcement to the text. Any adult who has taken photographs will be impressed by the talent and vision of Dianne Taylor-Snow the photographer for this series of expeditions to the Amazon basin.

I was a little disappointed that there weren't more photographs of the pink dolphins and more information about them. The reader soon learns, however, that much is not known about these elusive water mammals.

There are no lulls in this book as the reader accompanies Montgomery on her search for the pink dolphin and meets many unusual and exotic plants and animals along the way.

In the author's books for her young readers she never fails to stress the importance of being nature's caretakers and ends the book with suggestions on how to help and sources for further reading and research. Montgomery also points out the skills and education necessary for occupations of the professionals she meets and introduces to her readers.

Pink Dolphin is up to Montgomery's usual standards and sure to please those with an interest in nature, science, animals, and exploration.
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