Craig Hatkoff's Winter's Tail (Scholastic, 2009), the story of a young dolphin with a prosthetic tail, has sparked a Nintendo video game, a documentary, and a movie deal with Warner Bros. SLJ caught up with Hatkoff to talk about what it's like to collaborate with daughters Isabella, 11 and Juliana, 14, and why they create books about animals that overcome tremendous difficulties.
By Sally Lodge
"The stories we tell in our books mostly involve tragedy or trauma out of which hope springs forth," (Craig Hatkoff) says. "I always look for what I call teachable, magic moments, and a story we're thinking of writing has to pass what my daughters and I call the goosebumps test. Winter's story has all of this. And it also has a real heart-thumping aspect, since it wasn't clear in the beginning if she would survive."
To read the full story, click on the link to the Publisher's Weekly website below.
On the 11/13 episode of The View on ABC-TV, Whoopi Goldberg mentioned the book "Winter's Tail" as well as the Nintendo DS game (which will be available in stores on 11/24). To help celebrate Whoopi's birthday, the entire studio audience went home with a copy of the book and the game. Click the link to view -- Winter's Tail is at 10:56 in the video.
Winter's Tail has been awarded the designation "A Junior Library Guild Selection" for Fall, 2009. The JLG provides recommendations for extraordinary reading experiences for children and young adults. With its distinction as one of the first awards given, the award is often viewed as a bellwether of future success.
The Junior Library Guild is a literary review and selection service serving school and public libraries, established in 1929, and used by over 17,000 librarians today.
Good Family/Good Works article about Winter's Tail and the entire Turtle Pond Collection in the October Issue of Good Housekeeping.
By writing popular books about endangered species, a dad and his daughters help kids tackle some of life's toughest topics. By Judith Stone
Quick peek of Winter the Dolphin who lost her tail in a fishing trap. Winter is being fitted with a prostethic tail.