Animals Overcoming Hardships! You can purchase the Kids' Wings 10-page unit for Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff, the 13-page unit for Molly the Pony, and 10-page unit for Two Bobbies, A Katrina Story of Survival NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Click Here to Download.

Winter's Tail,
How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again

A Tale of Friendship, and Survival
by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff

How do dolphins swim?
What does a dolphin eat?
How do dolphins breathe?
Can dolphins live out of the water?
What is a prosthetic?

When you read Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again, you will learn the answers to these and other questions by learning about the life of a young dolphin who lost her tail. After her tail was caught and injured in a crab trap, she became weaker and weaker. Luckily, she was rescued by a fisherman and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center where she was named "Winter." There, workers held her up above the surface of the water so she could breath. But, things got worse. Could she be taught to swim without a tail? Would she be able to live? Would she ever be able to swim again?

An inspiration to people with handicaps, the little dolphin named "Winter" will bring hope and encouragement.

Winter's Tail is the touching story of an animal who was helped by thoughtful, caring people. The photographs of her progress are included in the book. In the Kids Wings unit, you will get to read a readers theater script and hear Winter's voice as the story being told.

In September, 2011, Winter's Dolphin Tail Movie starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Conick, Jr., and Ashley Judd will be released.

The Kids Wings unit in the Discover Magic is now also available in a 35-page download trio that includes units for Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff, the story of a young dolphin who was fitted with a prosthetic tail, Molly the Pony, a Katrina story of an abandoned pony who was fitted with a prostheic leg after she was rescued, and Two Bobbies, A True Story of Hurricane Katrina. It is perfect trio for any children learning about hurricanes, handicaps, prosthetics, compassion, survival, and Huricane Katrina.

Internet Extensions

Warner Brothers Movie, starring Morgan Freeman, Based on Winter's Life
Bionic Dolphin Getting New Tail
Dolphin Bubbles
Winter on Oprah
Wikipedia: Winter's Tail Movie
Handicapped Pets
Equine Therapy

Kids Wings Literary Connections for more Literature about Handicaps

The Kids Wings activity guide in Discover Magic for Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again contains 11 pages of fun and learning, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard!

Activities include:
Discussion Cards
Before and After Reading Vocabulary, Prediction
2-page Readers Theater Script
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Activities for "Animals Under the Sea"
Dolphin Math Facts
Schedule at the Aquarium, Logic Puzzle
ABC Order
Bottle Nose Dolphin Research
Where in the United States is Winter, Map Study
Answer Page


Animals Overcoming Hardships! You can purchase the Kids' Wings 10-page unit for Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff, the 13-page unit for Molly the Pony, and 10-page unit for Two Bobbies, A Katrina Story of Survival NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Click Here to Download.

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