Dolphin SOS

Dolphin SOS
Age Group: 4-8
Authors: ,
Series: Picture Books
Illustrator: Julie Flett
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Year: October 2014
ISBN: 9781896580760


Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland.


Winner of the 2015 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Honourable mention for the 2015 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Selected as a Bank St. College Best Book of the Year for ages 5-8. Selected as a CCBC Best Book of 2014.


“Striking, strong black, white, and gray-toned watercolor and collage art portrays the cold climate that the dolphins and rescuers endured. The happy ending will delight children after they witness how these animals were almost lost to the elements.”

—School Library Journal, November 2014

“A beautiful book…It is a story of compassion, endurance, and a special brief moment when humans and animals connect. Everything about this book is done with elegant simplicity…Flett’s art work is exquisite, using mainly black and white to portray the landscape with a bit of colour…Highly recommended for both school and public libraries.”

 —Resource Links, October 2014

“This life-and-death story will resonate with readers as much as it did with the western Canadian writers and illustrator who gave it a new life….The spare text is set in a sea of whites and grays, a stark reminder of this moving rescue’s chilly setting…. Distress gives way to relief in this you-are-there tale for young readers and listeners who enjoy real-life animal encounters.”

Kirkus Reviews (recommended review), August 2014

“This is definitely a book I will read to the students this year. It has everything they most like in a story: animals, kids as heroes and a happy ending. The illustrations by Vancouver-based artist Julie Flett are crisp and elegant…”

Shelley Sommer, August 2014

“Dolphin SOS is a beautiful narrative which is based on a true event . . . a charming story of dolphin rescue [that] introduces children to modern superheroes.”

CM Magazine, October 2014

“Young Nicole tells this exciting rescue story based on an actual event . . . “It’s a beautiful ending.” We share Nicole’s concern, empathy with the dolphins, and satisfaction at the end.”

Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz, October 2014

“Julie Flett’s picture books honour her aboriginal heritage.”

Quill & Quire, October 2014

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