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Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean

Dolphins have always fascinated me, so when we got offered a review copy of the book Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean, I was very excited to read it.

There is something about dolphins that capture our imagination, and if you are anything like me, you want to learn more about them. This book, based on her adult book, is aimed for younger readers (10 & up), but it is certainly enjoyable and interesting for adults as well.

Susan Casey introduces us to the dolphins that she has been studying over a two year period. She looks at the lives of wild dolphins in places like Maui, and even Ireland. Through her adventures in seeking out these beautiful beings, we get a look into their complex social systems, their navigation abilities, and playfulness.

I was so interested to learn about how far back the human dolphin connection really goes. Sadly, the book also touches on the threats that are affecting dolphins today, including noise pollution and more. Hopefully we can do something to ensure that these intelligent and playful dolphins will survive.

The book is easy to read, and even comes with an 8 page photo insert that shows various types of dolphins. It would be a great book for any child (or adult) interested in learning more about dolphins, sea life, or science.

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Arthur The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

I was provided a copy of the book Arthur for my review, and the publisher is providing copies for our giveaway.

Do you remember the news story not so long ago about a plucky little dog who joined a team of extreme racers in the jungle? The little dog joined them along the crazy terrain, even jumping in after them during a section of the race that required a kayak! Well, you may already know what happened, but this book tells the full story about the little dog named Arthur who traveled more than 100 miles to find a new home.

Even knowing the story ends happily (you know this right from the start of the book), there were still moments when I worried about the outcome and what would become of this brave dog! The story of Arthur takes us into the world of adventure racing, which is a grueling, body punishing, world!

Mikael Lindnord is the captain of a Swedish racing team on a 435 mile race through the jungles and mountains of South America. One afternoon while they are at a check point he sees a scruffy, but oddly calm and peaceful looking, dog. Little did he know this pup would adopt him as his own and follow along the rest of their journey.

Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring home to Sweden, whatever it took. It wasn’t going to be easy though! Making through the jungle was just the beginning!

A super fun and interesting read, Arthur is a story that once again shows the bond between dogs and people. If the story captivated you and made you smile when you first read about it online, you will want to read the full story!

Luckily, we have 3 copies to give away to our readers. This giveaway is open to those in the USA and Canada. The book releases today if you would like to order your own copy, you can do so here.

To enter for a chance at a copy, please use the form below. Thanks, and good luck!

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Cats I’ve Known (and a giveaway)

We had the chance to read a fun new book called Cats I’ve Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored. It is full of stories of all the cats the author has known and loved, each cat having it’s own section. Some cats are pets, others are cats that she meets in Philadelphia’s streets, alleys, houses, apartments, and bookstores. All of them have their own distinct personalities!

It’s a fun read, as each cat is so different, and yet they share qualities. This is something all cats owners are sure to already know, but I have a feeling you will see cats you love in each of the cats in the book too.

We have five copies to giveaway! You will get to read it before it’s even released in October. This giveaway will be open to those in the USA and Canada. Please enter using the form below:

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