cover image The Girl Who Danced with Dolphins

The Girl Who Danced with Dolphins

Frank DeSaix. Farrar Straus Giroux, $14.95 (1pp) ISBN 978-0-374-32626-5

Adrianne likes nothing better than to dive to the coral reef and admire the beautiful creatures that live there. During one such expedition, the girl is almost attacked by a shark when a dolphin intercedes, enabling her to be pulled into her grandfather's waiting boat. Frightened by the near-miss, and grateful for her rescue, that night Adrianne dreams she is a dolphin cavorting beneath the waves. Debbi DeSaix's creamy pastels, awash with soft white light and deep shadow, depict a ravishing underwater world. A dolphin arching gracefully in the moonlight shines magnificently against the black sky. Realistic portraits of a sun-bronzed Adrianne and her white-whiskered grandfather add depth to the characterizations. The poetic language of Frank DeSaix's gentle story is timeless, yet this celebration of nature's glory could not be more timely. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)