If A Dolphin Were A Fish

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"If a Dolphin Were a Fish" is the clever story of a dolphin who imagines that she is a fish, a turtle, a bird, an octopus, or even a shark or manatee. She (and the readers) learn just how special she really is and how special each of her other sea animal friends are too. The Creative Minds section has teaching trivia, crafts and games related to dolphins and some of her sea-creature friends.
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Overview

"If a Dolphin Were a Fish" is the clever story of a dolphin who imagines that she is a fish, a turtle, a bird, an octopus, or even a shark or manatee. She (and the readers) learn just how special she really is and how special each of her other sea animal friends are too. The Creative Minds section has teaching trivia, crafts and games related to dolphins and some of her sea-creature friends.
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Children's Literature
The colorful cover of this book places Delfina the Dolphin face to face with a fish. The inviting artwork pulls readers inside, where Delfina imagines what it would be like if she were a different creature. She imagines being a fish, turtle, shark, manatee, bird, and an octopus. The text presents a ton of interesting facts about these creatures, and the author cleverly makes comparisons between the characteristics of dolphins and the others. How they breathe, smell, and keep warm are but a few of the comparisons made. Bright, realistic illustrations add flavor. In one, a cut-away view of Delfina's skeletal make-up has extra appeal. The lesson that it is fun and okay to use imaginations comes across well. Back matter consists of extra dolphin facts and an activity that allows for creating dolphin adaptations. More information about the publisher's books and links can be found at www.SylvanDellPublishing.com. The all-encompassing format allows teachers and librarians to use this book for a variety of classroom lessons. The text is a fun read, engaging, and well structured. Readers can pick it up, crack open the cover, and enjoy. 2006, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A bottlenose dolphin wonders what being a different animal would be like. This conceit is used to teach facts about other creatures; for example, if Delfina were a fish, she'd spend her time entirely underwater and not have to come to the surface to breathe. When she wonders what it would be like to be a sea turtle, she has a turtle shell; when she wonders about manatees, she eats plants. However, when she imagines being a bird, she is almost unrecognizable; some children will have trouble finding her on the page, and the bird is not identified as a pelican. The colored-pencil illustrations are muted and sometimes confusing; Delfina swims by icebergs on one page and in a reef on another. The story presents only minimal facts about dolphins, never even mentioning that they are mammals, and the text is simply not interesting enough to read aloud. Back matter includes more facts and a reproducible "Dolphin Adaptation Craft." For a story about dolphins, try Lambert Davis's Swimming with Dolphins (Scholastic, 2004). For facts, there are plenty of easy choices, including Allan Fowler's Friendly Dolphins (Children's Press, 1997).-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976882329
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,028,598
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Loran Wlodarski (Felina's New Home, Fall Spring 2010, and If a Dolphin Were a Fish) is a science writer for SeaWorld and has written six books for them in addition to his many normal daily responsibilities. He has been published in sources such as Grolier's Encyclopedia for Children and The Marine Mammal Encyclopedia. In addition, he has served as a scientific consultant for "Ask Magazine", Random House Books, Animal Planet, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Loran has raised animals his entire life. One of his early jobs at SeaWorld's Education Department was to raise some of their animals - newly hatched sharks, macaws, turtles, tropical fish, and iguanas. Loran lives with his wife and child in Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    A Favorite!

    One of my current favorites! I've read it to my friend's children when they come to visit and also use it for educational story time at the nature center where I work. The whimsical pictures really allow you to discover the wonders of many different animals while learning what makes dolphins special and unique!As an expectant mother I can't wait to make this story a night-time ritual in my home!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Sweet story...accidental learning!! Awesome illustrations!

    I found this book a fast favorite! Any opportunity to get kids to learn and enjoy a good story has my vote. I absolutely loved this book and the illustrations are very cool. I recommend this book to any teachers or parents. Get kids interested in science!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    An Imaginative Dolphin

    Delfina the Dolphin observes the characteristics of her animal friends and imagines what it would be like to look and act like them. Beautifully illustrated and full of informaiton, this book allows the reader to observe the differences among animals in an engaging and easy to understand format. Reminiscent of the classic The Runaway Bunny, the book comes to closure with a positive acceptance of who Delphina really is. The additional features at the back of the book allow a child to explore further facts about dolphins and even cut out and manipulate the various animal features.This is a delightful book that provides information in a painless way through easy-to-understand text and highly detailed illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Delightful and educational

    I saw this book and fell in love with it. The colored pencil illustrations are so beautiful and imaginative and the text is warm and educational. This book is great for Kindergarten through 3rd grade children and anybody how loves a beautiful book.

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