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IF A DOLPHIN WERE A FISH

Author: Loren Wlodarski

Illustrator: Laurie Allen Klein

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Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, ©2006

Material: hard cover

Summary: Delfina may be a bottlenose dolphin, but that doesn't stop her from wondering what it would be like to be different. What would she look like as a manatee? or a sea turtle? This picture book draws on factual information about animals in/around the ocean to build a story about being yourself..

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 and up

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Shared with a kindergarten class with 20 5- and 6-year-olds.

Young Reader Reaction: The kids loved the pictures of Delfina transformed to look like other animals.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a VERY CLEVER book. The illustrations are wonderful, clever, and fun to look at on their own. [We love the Hatteras Light!] What makes it particularly fun is that it reads like a story, but it throws LOTS of really good facts at you, too.

Pros: This is an engaging picture book that will get kids involved in the "what-ifs" and discerning information about life in the ocean.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book for young audiences, but sophisticated enough that a remedial reader (third and fourth grade) will find it a book of substance.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WHOOO? A Baby Animal Riddle Book   WINTER IS FOR WHALES   DIZZY

Educational Themes: There is lots to do with this book: contrast and compare species, study marine habitat, and even going beyond the "facts" to talk about being yourself. Like all Sylvan Dell books, there are activities in the back to help you bring science to life.

Notes: Winner - Presidents Book Award, Florida Publishers Association, Inc.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, nature, ocean

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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