WWF Wild Friends:
Reviewed by Jenny Seymour
The front cover has a very cute dolphin on the front and makes it clear that proceeds from this book will go to WWF. There are some key messages “think before extinct!”
The artwork throughout the book is lovely, really engaging and makes the book easier to read for little ones.
The “Wild Friends” series is a great initiative from WWF. It combines a fictional story with facts about animals and conservation that are easy to digest and learn. At the back of the book there is a section of games and a section on the work of WWF. I would actually say this should feature more prominently to get the message across.
This book, Dolphin Splashdown (book 7 in the WWF Wild Friends series), teaches about dolphins – how they breathe and communicate their intelligence.
Emily’s parents work for WWF and are sent around the world on their projects. This project sees Emily dolphin watching in Mexico where she befriends a dolphin called Coral – but she has to try to save her… will she make it? The storyline reminded me of the Free Willy films, but is a great read.
This is a great family book to read. It says from age 5, but actually there are some quite difficult concepts in here about extinction and conservation which rather than rush through, we read as a family and discussed some of the issues it raised. My boys are aged 6 and 5 years, but actually couldn’t read this book themselves. It is definitely one to read together. Having said that the writing is a reasonable size and I think, other than some of the language used which requires explanation, it won’t be long before they can read it and understand it themselves.
I would definitely recommend this book – a great adventure read, but at the same time educational. Well written and good value. I will definitely be buying other books from this series.
Published: 5 December 2013
Available to buy from Random House here.