Back To the Blue: A True Adventure Story (Born Free Wildlife)

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9780761304098: Back To the Blue: A True Adventure Story (Born Free Wildlife)

Tells the story of three dolphins in captivity in the United Kingdom who were returned to the wild, with a section including facts and photographs about the real rescue effort on which the story was based

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From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3?Inspired by actual programs under the aegis of the Born Free Foundation (an animal welfare/conservation charity cofounded by Travers and McKenna), these volumes present fictionalized accounts of real animal rescue/relocation. Each one also includes a "journal" of the actual incident described, garnished with full-color photos that allow readers to see the program at work, and closes with a page or two of facts on the species covered, ranging from physical characteristics to lifestyles. Back to the Blue follows the rehabilitation and release into the wild of three dolphins whose combined performance time in marine exhibits in Great Britain exceeded 50 years. The rather heavily anthropomorphized text and the soft-edged, marine-blue illustrations will certainly raise the consciousness of readers, and the notation that the project is over (having managed to release all captive dolphins in the United Kingdom) may inspire children to consider the plight of captive marine mammals in their own areas. The Elephant Truck describes the first relocation by Kenya's elephant translocation project. Also heavily anthropomorphized, the simply worded text is enriched by soft, veldt-toned illustrations. It will give children a grasp of the difficulties involved in physically moving an 11,000 pound bull elephant over 300 miles to Tsavo National Park, and the need for such seemingly hard-hearted removals from elephant family groups.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

This Born Free Wildlife Book about the removal of one of the last captive dolphins in the UK to the wild--shown from from both the dolphin's and his rescuers' points of view--suffers from mediocre writing and a too-visible agenda. After more than 18 years in a ``barren concrete pool,'' Rocky the dolphin ``could only dimly remember'' freedom. A woman arrives who has ``eyes that were sad and filled with tears,'' and who, with a crew, transports him to a West Indian lagoon where he's later joined by companions Missy and Silver, and eventually released into the open sea. McKenna then tells the tale from the other side, describing how an activist mounted a local campaign on Rocky's behalf and, with the help of an animal-rights coalition, saw him freed. The first section is illustrated with hazy turquoise paintings; the second with an unsystematic selection of full-color snapshots that mostly convey how many people were involved in the rescue effort. A stinginess of detail plagues the account: Missy and Silver are barely mentioned, there are only hints of intriguing complications in Rocky's rescue, and, after a mention of the closure of two of the UK's last three dolphin shows, there is total silence about the fate of the remaining one. Random dolphin facts fill the final pages of this superficial commemoration of a triumph of the animal-rights movement. (Picture book. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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