Celebrate National Dolphin Day April 14th; Reading Wild Dolphin Rider, Young Readers Dive into Deep-sea Adventure as Members of an Ocean Dolphin Pod

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New children's book, from Peter E. Randall Publisher; An exciting adventure story for 6-11 yrs, with a young boy riding on the back of a wild dolphin, learning real facts about marine mammals

From ancient times, the mysterious empathy between dolphins and humans has captivated our imagination. In her latest book, "Wild Dolphin Rider," children’s author and marine docent Nancy Donovan teams up again with illustrator Susan Spellman to explore this enduring fascination between our two species. Readers swim along with the protagonist young Sean, as he travels with his new ocean friend Mari and her dolphin pod in a story that both entertains and educates children on the wonders of ocean life. A publication party on April 14, 2015, National Dolphin Day, will celebrate the release of this magical new title. The party will include refreshments, Dolphin Bingo, surprises for children, and a sketching demonstration by Susan Spellman.

Wild Dolphin Rider takes readers along with Sean to see a day in the life of these most intelligent of marine mammals, sharing in their games, family loyalty, and dangers from storms, predators, and the carelessness of humans. The book is perfect for teachers looking for adventure stories based around science and conservation. It’s also great for both family reading and independent reading by older children. The book includes the story of the pod’s quest to reunite, followed by an interview with Mari, a glossary, information on dolphin biology and ecology, and a summary of current protections for these intelligent marine creatures.

Donovan was inspired to write "Wild Dolphin Rider" after realizing how both dolphins and humans interact through play. “Years ago I heard it said that ‘play is the work of childhood,’” says Donovan. “We see the similarities of play across species. All young creatures have a growth stage of play as they learn safe ways to negotiate their world, get food, make shelter and protect themselves from danger. The games we play both have a purpose—in this story, the dolphin calves are learning to dive, surface, communicate with each other, avoid danger, and find appropriate feeding sites. The young boy and the young dolphins are both learning through play and adventure.”

"Wild Dolphin Rider" will be published April 14, 2015. The softcover illustrated chapter book is for ages 6-11. The publication party will be at the Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point, in Rye, NH, from 5 to 8 p.m. The book is published by Peter E. Randall Publisher and distributed by University Press of New England. Visit Nancy’s website: http://nancydonovanauthor.com/ to play Dolphin Bingo.

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