Winter's Tail
by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Craig Hatkoff

Price at time of review: $16.99
40 pp.
Scholastic Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 978-0545123358

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

From Clearwater’s Marine Aquarium in Florida comes the true story of Winter, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin that was rescued from a crab trap. Her seriously damaged tail threatened her survival until a team of specialists in the development of prosthetics for humans fitted Winter with a new tail. She is now using the prosthetic tail effectively.

In a way that young readers will appreciate, this story illustrates the sort of multidisciplinary teamwork that often characterizes scientific progress, and it describes how technology helps medical science. The parallel themes of conservation and the humane treatment of animals add to its quality and helped rank this book among the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2010. Author's notes supplement the information provided by the narrative.

Review posted on 2/3/2010

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