With stunning underwater illustrations and a playful text, artist and first-time author Lambert Davis paints a magical portrait of a girl's visit to the beach and her exciting encounter with dolphins.
"Let me tell you about something magical that happens from time to time on our island. Early in the morning, just after the sun rises, my mother and I go down to the beach and wait. We watch the ocean...and if we are lucky, we see dolphins."
A young girl and her mother's day at the shore leads to an underwater adventure as they put on their snorkels and flippers to swim with a friendly pod of dolphins. Gliding and diving, spinning and leaping, the girl frolics with her dolphin friend and experiences the wonder and beauty of the underwater world. Factual backmatter included on last page.
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Billed as a "celebration of ocean life and the miracles of our natural world," this visually stunning picture book exhibits the beauty of Common dolphins in all their splendor, and in much the same impressive illustrative style as Davis's previous collaboration, Whales Passing (2003), written by Eve Bunting. Here, unfortunately, the artist tackles text as well, omitting one key fundamental: story. First-person prose descriptions simply list activities carried out by a semi-fictional young swimmer and a curious dolphin before she swims off with her small pod. It's a dull distraction from the art's soothing lines and glorious, crystal-blue hues that gracefully entice readers into a peaceful underwater world. The exquisite photo-realistic paintings-the star of this gentle communing-with-nature fantasy-are breathtaking. But without the employment of plot, conflict, character, purpose, and imagination, the one-note story swims aimlessly adrift. (Picture book. 2-5) (Kirkus Reviews)From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–As a kookaburra looks on, a little girl and her mother sit on an Australian beach waiting for a pod of dolphins to appear. Finally, the animals arrive, and mother and daughter put on their snorkels and flippers and join them in the water. Simple prose accompanies bright, full-page acrylic paintings. The dolphins and the ocean setting are lovingly and beautifully depicted, showing an idyllic world where animals and humans communicate without words. An author's note provides a full page of facts about these mammals. In addition to relating an experience that may not be familiar to many children, this peaceful picture book could accompany lessons on marine life or social studies.–Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
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Descripción Blue Sky Press, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0439472571
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