While visiting her friend Ianni's relatives on a Greek island, Pia meets a friendly dolphin who saves Ianni from drowning, only to need their help later when it ends up on the beach by mistake.
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Text: English, Swedish (translation)From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-2-- Young Pia is delighted to be spending the summer with her friend Ianni on a Greek isle, far from her native Sweden. Every day their play attracts a dolphin, which later rescues Ianni when he swims too far; the children reciprocate one hot night when they come upon it beached, and enlist the aid of the local villagers to drag it back to the water. Illustrations, done in a colorful paper-and-tissue collage technique, seem to shimmer with light, but are so stylized that Pia and her friends, despite exaggerated expressions, show little personality. The dolphin is given kind eyes, smiles and laughter, but also seems more a type than an individual. In a sidelong reference to other incidents of human/dolphin rescues, Orstadius comments, "There are many legends, but this was real life"--unfortunately, sunny locale and the international (not to say interspecies) cast don't compensate for the story's vague, lifeless prose. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description R&S Books, New York, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Didoff, Lennart (illustrator). First English Edition. Orig pub in Sweden by Raben & Sjogren under the title Delfinresan. Translated by Eric Bibb. Story for children about a dolphin washed ashore in a small Greek island who was rescued by the villagers. Bookseller Inventory # 2360