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Dolphin Goes to School: The Story of Squirt, a Trained Dolphin

Dolphin Goes to School: The Story of Squirt, a Trained Dolphin

by Elizabeth Simpson Smith, Ted Lewin (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Captured in the Gulf of Mexico and then transferred carefully by truck to a dolphin training school in North Carolina and eventually to performance sites in Virginia and Ohio, Squirt is followed through several months of training. The fictionalized account serves as a vehicle for conveying information about dolphin physiology, behavior, and capabilities in learning to perform tricks for marine shows. Smith briefly mentions federal regulations governing capture of dolphins and remains non-judgmental about aspects of exploitation in the permanent separation of the animals from their natural habitat solely for human entertainment. Gray watercolors in a pleasant format illustrate elements of the story (one labeled picture serves as a diagram of body parts) and further the impression of a work of fiction. Since there are few books on this subject currently in print for a comparable age group, libraries may find this useful as an information source and as reading material for children who enjoy animal ``biographies.'' Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

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HarperCollins Publishers
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7 - 10 Years

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