Story of a Dolphin

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Laura and her father, who live on an island in the Caribbean, discover a dolphin who loves to be with people. They spend a lot of time playing in the ocean with the dolphin and other people start to play with the dolphin too. Sometimes the dolphin does things the people don’t understand and they think the dolphin might be dangerous. This story tells how friendships between humans and animals can develop. Readers can learn how conflicts can be resolved by patient understanding.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2012-01-01
BISACS JUV002170, JUV030040, JUV039060
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level M
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Katherine Orr

Katherine's writing career began while she was working as a marine biologist in the Caribbean and Caicos Islands. To address the need for simple educational tools in regional communities, she began writing and illustrating grant-funded booklets and posters about the environment and local fisheries. This proved to be such a satisfying experience that Katherine branched into writing and illustrating children's books about nature. She has authored and illustrated more than a dozen books, mostly for children. She has also contributed articles to professional scientific journals and popular magazines. Her commissioned artworks include a hotel mural, logos, posters, portraits, scientific drawings, cartoons, and cookbook illustrations.


  • SSLI Book Award Outstanding Book, Runner-up, 1993
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 1993



“Colorful and gently humorous illustrations, a clear and concise text, and an important but subtly conveyed message about human-animal interactions make this both an entertaining story and a useful tool to stimulate discussion about the intelligence and resourcefulness of the dolphin and the importance of understanding, patience, trust, and respect whenever humans deal with animals.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A charming account, illustrated with stylized, decorative paintings that beautifully evoke the luminous colors of the Caribbean and the joy of this unusual friendship.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A lovely book, and a gentle lesson on the interrelationship between people and animals.”
School Library Journal