“ Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again,” is the latest book by one of New York Times bestselling children’s authors, Craig Hatkoff and his daughters Jaliana and Isabella. They teamed up with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to chronicle the amazing story of Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail at two-months of age after becoming entangled in a crab trap. Winter was rescued off the coast of Cape Canaveral and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was treated and had to learn to swim again, but without her natural tail.
So what can you expect to find in this book? You will find photographs chronicling Winter’s rescue and the efforts and dedication made by doctors, CMA staff, engineers and scientists to help this young dolphin swim again by fitting her with a breakthrough prosthetic tail. Winter has become a source of inspiration to those who struggle with and overcome various types of disabilities. Her story will help introduce a difficult topic amongst the younger generation that will hopefully encourage discussions that lead to understanding and compassion.
“ Winter’s Tail ” is one of five installments in the critically-acclaimed Turtle Pond Collection of non-fiction picture books about remarkable animals overcoming adversity. Aside from “Winter’s Tail,” Craig Hatkoff and daughters Julia and Isabella have written Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (2006) , Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship (2007) , Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Changed the World (2007) , and most recently, Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own (2008) . This series of books introduces children to real world issues and empowers them to produce change on our planet.
Parents can expect to see this amazing story to hit book stores in October of 2009.