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Children's LiteratureThe 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