Our family loves stories about animals! So when I heard that I had the opportunity to review Winter’s Tail by Juliana, Isabella and Craig Hatkoff I jumped at the chance! I grew up in Central Florida – so I am familiar with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where this story takes place.

About the Book:

When Winter, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was found trapped with her tail badly damaged, she was not expected to survive. This is her miraculous story, from her rescue to learning how to swim again to her unprecedented success using a prosthetic tail. This is also a celebration of her indomitable spirit.

My son is a couple months away from being five – so the story kept his attention and I was able to engage him more by asking him questions about the story. I don’t think I would recommend the book to kids much younger than five though, since it is a long story and might upset little ones with its details about Winter’s injuries. However – for kids older than five up towards tweens and even teens – Winter’s Tail is a wonderful true story. My son and I loved all the beautiful photos of Winter and her dolphin friend Panama!

Winter’s Tail teaches about acceptance and learning to live (and even thrive) even if you have a disability. Her story is helping to de-stigmatize disabilities of all kinds in a natural way. The book adds a dimension and a new set of tools for kids, parents, and teachers to deal with difficult subjects or topics.

Winter as of right now is on her 7th tail and it is expected that she may need up to 25 or more tails as she grows, and as the engineers keep learning more and improving the technology. This month, October, Winter celebrates her 4th birthday!

Win It: Thanks to Scholastic, one (1) of our Parent Reviewers readers will receive a Winter’s Tail prize pack including:

Dolphin Plush

Dolphin Key Chain

Winter’s Tail game for Nintendo DS

Copy of Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again Book

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  • Giveaway closes on  20th October 2009 and a winner will be picked using We will not be emailing winners, so please make sure you subscribe to our feed or check back here for the winner announcement post.
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    Disclosure : Christine was sent a copy of the above book in exchange for this review.

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      Jason Silvia says:

      I learned that bottlenose dolphins can live for 40 years

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      Jason Silvia says:

      Subscribed to Parent Reviewers via email.

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      Lily Kwan says:

      I learned that Winter was rescued from a tangled crab trap in Cape Canaveral, Fla., when she was just two months old.

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      Lily Kwan says:

      I subscribed to your blog.

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      Lily Kwan says:

      I subscribed to your blog. #2

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      I subscribed to your blog. #3

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      Gianna says:

      Bottle nosed Dolphins can live for 40 years :)

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      kathy pease says:

      visitors are traveling in droves to clearwater to visit winter

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      Dolphins have a potential lifespan of 40 years!

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      DanV says:

      I learned that a group of dolphins is called a pod

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      Sonya says:

      Dolphins can reach speeds of almost 20 mph.

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      Cristi says:

      I learned that bottlenose dolphins have good eyesight but a terrible sense of smell.

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      Heather C says:

      When she was three months old, she got caught in a crab trap.

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