Winter’s Tail Book Review and Giveaway!

September 29, 2009

g5766_winterthedol.inddI just learned about Winter, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, who was rescued from a crab trap off the coast of Florida. She was just three months old when she was rescued and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The wonderful people at the aquarium nursed Winter back to health and she survived and thrived! But the trap had damaged her little tail so badly that it eventually fell off, leaving Winter with just a stump.

Winter, being the adaptable girl she is, learned to swim with her little stump but her caretakers realized that swimming in this unnatural way would damage her spine. So researchers developed a prosthetic tail for her and Winter is now learning to swim again – just like she did out in the ocean!

A new kid’s book called, Winter’s Tail – How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (Scholastic) is going to be in bookstores in October. The book is by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff, the bestselling authors of Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and several other books about amazing feats by animal friends.

Pugsley and I were lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book and thought it was such an heartwarming story. And, the publisher was kind enough to also offer a prize pack as a giveaway to you guys! winterstail_prizepack

If you have kids or nieces or nephews or grandkids, they will LOVE this gift. It includes a copy of the book, a stuffed Winter dolphin, a dolphin key chain and a Winter’s Tail game for Nintendo DS!

All you have to do to win is visit the Winter’s Tail web site and leave a comment here, telling me what you learned. Make sure to send me an email with your contact info so if you win, I can get in touch.

For an EXTRA entry, subscribe to my e-newsletter (upper right hand corner of the page), which we are launching in October.

We’ll be drawing the winner on October 13th.

Good luck and YAY for Winter and other inspiring animals overcoming obstacles and thriving!


Janet Carpenter October 16, 2009 at

Just responded to your email…..Thank you Romeo (and staff, of course!). My daughter will L-O-V-E this 😉

hillary October 13, 2009 at

I didn’t know that they dedicated the project to kids with disabilities– as a special ed teacher, this is really powerful to me.

AndreaT October 13, 2009 at

I had no idea they could live over 40 years!

tina reynolds October 13, 2009 at

i subscribe to the newsletter thanks for the chance to win! My son would be thrilled

tina reynolds October 13, 2009 at

dolphins can love over 40 years I had no idea thanks for the chance to win [email protected]

Vanessa October 13, 2009 at

I learned all about winter – didn’t know anything about his story before.

Lori October 13, 2009 at

I subscribed to your email newsletter!

Lori October 13, 2009 at

I didn’t realize that dolphins could live over 40 years. What a wonderful story!

Leslie Anderson October 13, 2009 at

I have been as obsessed with dolphins as I am with kitties since I was very young, so I knew most of this. The most interesting fact, I think, is that dolphins can reach speeds of approximately 20 mph!

Janet Carpenter October 13, 2009 at

I subscribed, can’t wait to read about you and Pugsley!

Janet Carpenter October 13, 2009 at

I learned that a group of dolphins is called a pod.

What a great story! I love the website, very interactive and fun. Can’t wait to see the book.

Thanks for a great giveaway! My three year old daughter would love this.

Debs October 7, 2009 at

I learned that even though they will come up for air 2-3 times a minute, that they can stay under for up to 20 minutes.

BTW…I have followed this story, and that of Owen and Mzee!!!

Tawnda October 4, 2009 at

poor lil guy lost his tail to a crab line

Wehaf October 3, 2009 at

Oops, I meant that she *still* lives at the Clearwater Aquarium. :)

Wehaf October 3, 2009 at

Winter lives at the Clearwater Aquarium!

Ginger October 2, 2009 at

I didn’t know any of the 5 facts that were listed about dolphins. How interesting!

Lacey Hall September 30, 2009 at

i didn’t know that dolphins could swim up to 40 mph! that is amazing!

email: laceylovespink at yahoo dot com

Christine Jensen September 30, 2009 at

I learned that bottle nose dolphins have excellent eye sight but a terrible sense of smell.

Kristie September 30, 2009 at

I learned that dophins can swim at 20 mph-that’s pretty fast!

jacque September 29, 2009 at

Bottlenosed dolphins can live over 40yrs. I love this story! Thanks!

Katz (And Other) Tales September 29, 2009 at

This is a great story! like it.

The Creek Cats September 29, 2009 at

Yay for Winter, what a great story! We visited the website and learned that a group of dolphins is called a “pod.” Very interesting!
Our niece and nephew would love this prize pack!!!

Dina Haansley September 29, 2009 at

Wow, there is no limit to the gifts that God has blessed us with. I didn’t know they could even make prosthetic’s for animals. Just shows anything is possible. That’s a great story and I’m happy for Winter!

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