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Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 2nd ptg edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545123356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545123358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hatkoff and his daughters continue their nonfiction series (Owen & Mzee, 2006; Knut, 2007) highlighting animals that overcome adversity. Here they follow a baby Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin that lost her tail after becoming entangled in a crab trap. Rescued by Florida wildlife conservationists, she was nursed back to health and later fitted with an artificial tail. The main narrative is informal and conversational, well suited to a younger audience. Readers learn about Winter’s improvised, tail-free swimming techniques and how trainers helped her to adjust to the new device. An afterword provides further information about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (where Winter lives), dolphins and their training, and Kevin Carroll, whose company developed the prosthetic tail. Most of the photographs are crisp and clear, depicting Winter’s dramatic rescue and several training routines. Designed for a dual audience (animal lovers and humans who have overcome physical adversity), this will make an inspirational choice for browsers. For another look at dolphins in captivity, point readers to Twig C. George’s A Dolphin Named Bob (1996). Grades 1-3. --Kay Weisman

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

“Readers will be most drawn to Winter's resilience and the dedication and ingenuity of those helping her.” – Publishers Weekly

“The story offers an important message of hope, friendship and universal acceptance.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Book well written for any age.
Nancy Morgan
Every year there are one or two girls who want to read and reread every nonfiction book in the school library on dolphins.
LonestarReader
Winter's Tail is a great story about a wonderful, inspiring dolphin.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a gentle sound on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've realized that this series is based in stories about resiliency or overcoming adversity as told through animal stories. Why it took several books for me to get it, don't know. But each has shown some of the critical features in the recovery from what are devastating blows, like losing family, re-location, injury, and how adaptation has gone on- thanks to the intervention of a team of concerned people.

Winter is a dolphin that loses her tail. She's a young baby also losing family when her tail gets entwined in ropes. People see her struggle and respond, first a fisherman, and he works to save her, but her tail isn't so lucky. She's named Winter for the season. Eventually due to broadcasting her story from her rescue another person works to develop a prosthesis tail. Winter then learns within her life and these pages to survive using this tail.

It's a really good story especially for children learning to overcome obstacles as a part of what they need to do. Of course she makes a friend and she appears to have a fulfilling life.

The series has been a very good one for inclusion in the teaching. I would definitely recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Johnson on October 15, 2009
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Wonderful heartwarming uplifting book of hope and encouragement for any of life's challenges that we face. The Hatkoff authors are creating a series of beautiful stories that have helped many many children and adults face issues that are so difficult. This is also very educational in the material presented.

It is the story of how Kevin Carroll who designed Winter's Tale worked miracles with Winter as he does with human's and their prosthetics all over the world. He is presently working on Chrissie, a beautiful sandhill crane (almost 50" tall bird) who lost her lower leg on a golf course. Chrissie lives at Save Our Seabirds ([...]). in Sarasota, Florida which is only an hour away from Winter's home in Clearwater, Florida! She is now going through the fittings that Winter did for her tail! She was named "Chrissie" short for Christmas because that was the first day she strutted in her initial prosthetic!

True stories of hope are excellent gifts for those overcoming adversities in their lives. This little girl dolphin has definitely done that!

The writing and stunning photography are beautiful and simple but so powerful in their message. All ages from very young to adult will enjoy this story of the people surrounding this adorable dolphin who is now thriving in her own new home. She just celebrated her 5th birthday and is doing great --learning new tricks and skills all the time. Encouragement galore for us all!!

Don't hesitate!! Definitely buy the book today for yourself and grab a copy for a big or little friend. You won't be disappointed. A great children's or adult's non-fiction book to add to any and all collections.

Also, when in Florida, definitely come visit Winter AND Chrissie! They'd love to see you!
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The ropes from the crab trap quickly ensnared the young dolphin. It was useless to struggle because there was no escaping the treacherous situation, but Jim Savage, a fisherman, spotted her and quickly came to her aid. Her tail was badly mangled and if he did not call for assistance there would be no chance for survival. A few hours later, Winter, as she was soon named was heading to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It was December 10, 2005 and it was just the start of Winter's struggle to survive. She was estimated to be "only two or three months old," but because she struggled, the many people dedicated to helping her thought she "still had the heart and energy to try to protect herself."

Winter's tail quickly deteriorated and fell off. The question was, would she be able to survive without it? It became a `round the clock vigil to keep her blowhole above the water so she wouldn't drown. Because she was so young, feeding her was problematic. She couldn't eat fish, her mother was not in place to nurse her . . . how and what would they feed her? Survival was a key issue, but there would be many hurdles for her to jump. She would be disabled at best, but there would be a man looking at her from afar. Kevin Carroll had an idea that might enable this little dolphin to swim again. Would he be able help her?

This heartwarming story will thrill not only the dolphin lover, but inspire young and old alike. I had never heard of Winter, but was thoroughly captivated by her and the many people who were dedicated to her survival efforts. This story was documented by photographs from her struggle in Mosquito Lagoon to her present home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This story is aimed at a younger audience, but will appeal to readers of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Hatkoffs' Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship was a popular choice for school libraries with its theme of survival and friendship between two unlikely companions, a baby hippo and a giant tortoise.

Like Owen the hippo, Winter the baby dolphin, was also in distress when she was found, entangled in the ropes of a crab trap. Although she was rescued and well cared for, Winter eventually lost her tail because of her injuries. Kevin Carroll and the experts from Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics worked to design a prosthesis for Winter so she could swim properly and avoid damage to her backbone. The need for the prosthesis was medical, for Winter's health--not for appearance. I appreciated that this point was emphasized

Winter has generated a great deal of interest among children and veterans with prostheses and other medical devices. Whether the need for these devices is the result of accident, illness or a grievous war injury, coping with the aftermath can be challenging and emotionally difficult.

There is reassurance in a story of adults who will go to extraordinary lengths to care for these animals. A child can see themselves in both roles, the child needing help and the kind and caring expert who provides it.

I was interested in reviewing this title because of my library "dolphin girls." Every year there are one or two girls who want to read and reread every nonfiction book in the school library on dolphins. This book is an excellent choice for them. It includes facts and information about these mammals, their physiology, their care, socialization and training.
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