Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763655488, 28pp.
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Pop Tail first, head last, Dolphin is born into the blue. He's brand new, but helped by his mother, he swims up, up, up to take his first breath. Readers are invited to join the baby calf as he follows his mom and discovers all there is to know about life under the sea, from catching his first fish to learning how to say his name with his very own whistle. Nicola Davies's lyrical narrative and intriguing facts are accompanied by Brita Granstrom's colorful illustrations, pulsing with the energy and movement of dolphins in their natural habitat.
Brita Granstrom has illustrated many children s books, including "Eyes, Nose, Fingers, and Toes: A First Book All About You" and "Does a Cow Say Boo?, " both written by Judy Hindley. "I hadn t seen a wild dolphin until I started "Dolphin Baby!"" she says. "Then, as if by magic, a pod of fifteen dolphins and their babies arrived near my home, so close to shore that I could draw them from my studio window. I immediately fell in love." Brita Granstrom lives in England."
Young children will love learning how little Dolphin suckles, whistles in baby talk, catches his first fish and rubs his tummy against Mom as sweetly animated paintings highlight each step.
—The New York Times
Zoologist Davies has long experience writing about nature for young readers. Here, she describes the first six months of a bottlenose calf’s life through the story of Dolphin and Mom... Granström’s acrylic paintings are beautiful. Spreading across two pages, they emphasize the blues of the dolphin’s environment... This introduction to dolphins is sure to win readers’ hearts.