DOLPHIN BOY by Michael Morpurgo

DOLPHIN BOY

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The renowned team’s newest collaboration celebrates a collective act of kindness. Hard times have come to a small fishing village—but when a lad spots a beached dolphin, everyone rushes out to the rescue without a second thought. The dolphin, nicknamed “Smiler,” sticks around for a bit to entertain the boy and the other children, then vanishes—to return with dozens of relatives, whose playful presence draws crowds of tourists that put the town back on its economic feet. Foreman illustrates the episode with typically luminous watercolors, capturing the emotional connection between boy and dolphin, and the wonder on the faces of the onlookers, in exuberant, splashy scenes. A happy tale that carries the now almost contrarian idea that good deeds indeed are, occasionally, properly rewarded. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-84270-320-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Andersen/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2005




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