Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, some young boys take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins.
is a Vancouver writer, poet and editor. He taught at Simon Fraser University until his recent retirement. Roy is a recipient of the Governor General's Award, and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Dolphin SOS was written in collaboration with his wife, Slavia Miki.
is a Vancouver-based artist and illustrator. She is a recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, as well as a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award.
"Striking, strong black, white, and gray—toned watercolor and collage art portrays the cold climate that the dolphins and rescuers endured. The happy ending will delight children after they witness how these animals were almost lost to the elements."
— School Library Journal
"A beautiful book...It is a story of compassion, endurance, and a special brief moment when humans and animals connect. Everything about this book is done with elegant simplicity...Flett's art work is exquisite, using mainly black and white to portray the landscape with a bit of colour...Highly recommended for both school and public libraries."
— Resource Links
"This life—and—death story will resonate with readers as much as it did with the western Canadian writers and illustrator who gave it a new life....The spare text is set in a sea of whites and grays, a stark reminder of this moving rescue's chilly setting.... Distress gives way to relief in this you—are—there tale for young readers and listeners who enjoy real—life animal encounters."
— Kirkus Reviews (recommended review)
"This is definitely a book I will read to the students this year. It has everything they most like in a story: animals, kids as heroes and a happy ending. The illustrations by Vancouver—based artist Julie Flett are crisp and elegant..."
— Shelley Sommer
"Dolphin SOS is a beautiful narrative which is based on a true event . . . a charming story of dolphin rescue [that] introduces children to modern superheroes."
— CM Magazine
"Young Nicole tells this exciting rescue story based on an actual event . . . "It's a beautiful ending." We share Nicole's concern, empathy with the dolphins, and satisfaction at the end."
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Julie Flett's picture books honour her aboriginal heritage."
— Quill & Quire