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One White Dolphin is an ecological adventure tale about a girl named Kara who is passionate about the environment. The story is set in a fishing community in Cornwall, England that is suffering economically due to overfishing and marine habitat destruction. Having lost her mother in a dolphin recovery expedition, Kara is helped through the emotional trauma by her own efforts to rescue a baby albino dolphin.
When Kara finds the young dolphin trapped in old fishing netting, she works with her friend, Felix and veterinarians to reunite the dolphin with its mother. The plight of this young dolphin heightens the community’s debate over the condition of the marine environment and sets off a chain of events that might just save the area's coral reef from the effects of proposed dredging.
The author uses the story to teach students about the natural environment and the responsibility we all have to protect it.
The novel explores many issues including overfishing, marine destruction, disability and death. The book's environmental themes support science units dealing with marine biology, resource depletion and wildlife protection.
Overfishing is a main concern for the characters in the story. After reading, students might discuss what type of environmental issue is of concern to them. Have students find out what is meant by a 'dolphin-friendly' product and discuss the importance of environmental and ecological protection in their own community.
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