Monday, November 28, 2011
Books and Movies for Dolphin Lovers
For my daughters and son, a trip to the library is much more exciting than going shopping; I think I was the same way at their ages. My son is mostly eager to borrow a new DVD each time, though he enjoys fresh books as well. My daughters also enjoy looking at the Scholastic monthly book catalogs that are sent home with them from school. And so we must still navigate the choices about what to buy versus what to borrow for free. (Well, library books are free in theory--our overdue fines now constitute a line item in our monthly budget.)
Anyhow, last month, my six and eight-year-old daughters went out to see the movie Dolphin Tale with me (not free). It only served to heighten their enthusiasm about these smooth-skinned mammals. At the Omaha zoo several months before, we got to see IMAX: Dolphins, which definitely captivated their interest and imaginations.
So guess what we've been reading this month...
2. Wild Marine Animals - Dolphins
3. Dolphins (In the Wild)
4. Dolphins (Early Bird Nature Books)
5. Face to Face with Dolphins (Face to Face with Animals)
6. Dolphins (Nature Watch)
7. Dolphins (World of Mammals)
8. Diving Dolphin (DK READERS)
9. Under the Sea (Usborne Lift-the-Flap)
10. Aquarium Guide: A Bible-Based Handbook to the Aquarium
The first seven titles my daughters pulled with eager hands from the public library shelves. The last three books that feature or include dolphins are ones that we already own. The dolphin mania continues.
As a girl, I watched Flipper re-runs and wished I could swim with dolphins one day. In college, I switched my focus to study aquatic invertebrates, but I still find all underwater creatures fascinating. I have eagerly explored beaches on both Pacific coasts (America and Asia), and gazed on ocean wonders while snorkeling in Vietnam and Thailand. In the Midwest, I've loved visiting aquariums in Omaha, Gretna, and Chicago.
Though we're currently landlocked, scuba diving remains on my list of hopes for the future. Meanwhile, books and videos offer a portal to explore the undersea places we have not yet been.
Posted by Aiming4Simple at 11:14 PM