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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: NGK Chapters
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426310323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426310324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Chris Blankenship got an emergency call to report to the beach, he expected it to be busy. And it was!
 
About 80 dolphins were wriggling and squeaking in the shallow water. A small army of people worked quickly to help them. Team leaders barked orders. Volunteers put on wet suits for their turn in the water. News reporters were there too. They were looking for a big story.
 
Chris is a dolphin expert. He has seen dolphins and whales stuck on shore before. This time was different. Usually one or two dolphins get stuck in shallow water. Sometimes they get stuck in the twisty roots of mangrove trees. But 80 dolphins! Chris thought. With so many, how do we know that we’ve found them all?
 
Every time a dolphin or whale gets stranded, it is a race against time. The sooner the dolphins are found, the easier it can be to save them. Chris ran his hands over a dolphin’s smooth, rubbery skin. He thought how odd it was that such a good swimmer needed help.
 
Dolphins are perfect for the underwater world. With their strong bodies and sleek fins, they can swim seven times faster than humans. They can hold their breath for more than 15 minutes and dive 2,000 feet (610 m) underwater.
 
Dolphins are also very smart. They hunt in groups. They make up games to play. They even name themselves using whistling sounds. Many researchers spend their lives learning how dolphins communicate. In a dolphin’s world, every click, whistle, and gesture has a meaning.
 
Yet sometimes dolphins end up in trouble. They can get stuck on a beach. It’s a dangerous situation for them. By the time they are found, most stranded dolphins are sick or have died already.
 
Why would such smart animals swim so close to a beach? We don’t really
know. Maybe some stranded dolphins have been sick. Maybe pollution in the water confused them. Maybe they got lost during a storm at sea.
 
In order to find the answer, scientists study stranded dolphins as they try to help them. They look for clues that will help them keep dolphins safe.
 
Chris and the animal doctors got to work on the stranded dolphins. The first step: Make sure the dolphin can breathe. Dolphins are mammals, like humans. They have lungs and need to breathe air. They take in air through a blowhole on their back, behind their head. The stranded dolphins were very tired.
 
They couldn’t stay up on their bellies or swim on their own. People took turns holding the animals up so they could breathe. They rested the dolphins on their knees to keep their blowholes above water.
 
The volunteers also kept the dolphins’ skin moist by splashing water on their bodies. A dolphin’s exposed skin can dry out quickly in the hot Florida sun.
 
A team examined each dolphin. They had to find out which dolphins were healthy enough to survive in the wild. The healthiest dolphins were helped back to deeper water right away. Sick dolphins were taken to a special hospital. There they were given medicine and food.
 
Chris popped a fish stuffed with medicine in a dolphin’s mouth.
 
This one is in rough shape, but it seems like a fighter, he thought. Suddenly, a shout got Chris’s attention.
 
“Chris!” yelled a volunteer. “Quick! Come over here!”
 
Chris ran down the beach to a spot full of mangrove trees. A small group of dolphins were stuck in the trees’ thick roots. They must have been separated from the main group. Now it was too late. They were too sick to save.
 
Chris sighed. I wish we had some way of locating dolphins. Then we could get to them sooner.
 
After that day, Chris kept thinking about what he had seen. He wondered if there was a better way to find lost dolphins. Then Chris started reading about some dogs that worked nearby. They were trained to search for people who get lost on or near the water. The dogs worked along beaches or from boats in the water. They sniffed the air for the missing person’s smell. They could even smell objects that were slightly underwater.
 
Chris wondered: If dogs can find humans in the water, can they find dolphins too?

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By April on January 12, 2013
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I bought the Kindle edition of "Dog Finds Lost Dolphins!" with low expectations. Most kindle picture/kid books are of a throw away quality.

This book is the best kids kindle book we've gotten. This book had great content, good pictures (quality and content), was formatted well for my Kindle Fire, and held my 8 yo's attention. I will gladly buy more books in this series. If more kindle editions for children were of as good a quality I would buy more kids books for my kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Virgie on January 1, 2013
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I purchased this book for my grandchildren. I already read one of the stories. It is a very interesting book. My grandchildren enjoy reading the stories. It is well written and a good book for all ages of children and adults would find it interesting. Very pleased with my purchase and quick service.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malissa Hancock on January 16, 2013
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My 10 year old daughter loved it! She loves stories about animals and National Geographic knows just how to bring them to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bedtime reader on January 8, 2013
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These stories are page turners that inspire and amaze. And all true! The dog who saves stranded dolphins was our favorite, and the pictures are incredible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Huhn on January 18, 2014
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My 9 year old daughter loves this book! Fascinating stories! Even if your child isn't obsessed with animals, these stories are so interesting that they are fun for anyone. A great buy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fox on May 15, 2013
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I ordered this book as a party favor for a 7-yr old birthday party. The featured story about dolphins is great. The book also contains a story about a service monkey who assists a paralyzed young man and a third story about rats trained to find land mines. I thought the third story was a little too "heavy" for 5 to 7 year old kids.
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This short chapter book is a good way to get kids interested in wanting to read more. Most kids love animals and this book shares how different animals have special jobs that help people in real-life, everyday situations. The book is also full of all kinds of short facts that aren't always so well known about these animals in general. Fun reading!
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By Jennifer Jones on March 16, 2014
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Great why? It had so many facts about them so great great great. So cool awesome sauce …. Etc so bye
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Carney is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in children's nonfiction and science, math, and STEM-related subjects.

Elizabeth received the 2005 AAAS Science Journalism Award for science reporting for children. Her titles Face to Face With Cheetahs, Face to Face With Gorillas, and Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move appeared on the National Science Teachers Association's Outstanding Science Trade Book list for 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively.