IN PRAISE OF TIGERFIN AND THE FERRY CHILDREN
Tigerfin and the ferry children draws out the beauty of individual differences and perseverance, motivating children to do the best they can. Bartlett and Bailey take parents and children on a summery swim of self-assurance where difference is celebrated and dolphins rocket skyward!
This story is a real crowd pleaser and self-esteem booster.
Principal Child Psychologist,
The Quirky Kid Clinic
Tigerfin and the ferrychildren is an enchanting book of hope and determination which takes the reader on a magical journey where adversity and difference leads to acceptance – where wishes and dreams come true. It shows how the faith and support of loved ones can help one overcome all obstacles in life, including insecurity and low self-esteem. This author and illustrator duo take us on a wonderful adventure which touches a chord in all of us. An experience not to be missed.
Teacher Librarian and
Tigerfin and the ferry children is a unique story that gives attention to one of Australia’s favourite aquatic creatures and encourages children to achieve their full potential, accepting and celebrating who they are. Bartlett and Bailey take the reader through a vivid journey into Dolphin Bay with the bottlenose dolphins that call it home. Being curious and friendly creatures, dolphins are also known to work together, a theme that is explored in this story. With the loving support of his family, Tigerfin discovers his unique ability which is appreciated by all. This story is brought to life with delightful illustrations which make it a pleasure to read.
Belinda Roche, Psychologist
In this beautiful story, Tigerfin felt he didn’t belong because he wasn’t able to do what other dolphins did naturally. But through his mother’s love, he found his special talent. This is a fantastic book that will teach children a valuable lesson in life – self-esteem. With gorgeous illustrations that complement the well told story, this book is a delight to both boys and girls alike.
I have just finished reading Tigerfin and the ferry children to my children and I wanted to let you know what a truly inspirational story it is. It is wonderful how the uniqueness of Tigerfin is celebrated, something which I strive to do for my children. All children everywhere need to know that they are special just because of who they are. I believe this book is wonderful also because it encourages children to appreciate others' differences and celebrate along with them. Shona's illustrations are amazing and they make you feel like you are underwater amongst the dolphins. Maureen, I hope to read many more of your stories which strive to encourage and uplift children to be the best that they can be. I look forward to reading your next children’s book to my kids so please keep writing!!!
I love this book
REVIEW OF TIGERFIN AND THE FERRY CHILDREN
Tigerfin and the ferry children, along with another of Bartlett’s titles Spiggie the story of a puffin, has been listed in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for years 3-4. The imprint page, however, states it is aimed at pre-school and infants children. There are probably children in both age ranges who would enjoy it.
Circles are so much a part of the lives of the bottlenose dolphins who live at Dorsalini Point, but Tigerfin cannot do them at all. What he can do is ROCKETS! High into the sky. Straight up, straight down. Sadly, as is often the case for many children, Tigerfin is still upset that he can’t do what the other dolphins can.
Initially the adult dolphins expect him to keep trying, sending the message that giving up is not the first option. But when Tigerfin tries and fails they do an about face – maybe some things aren’t all that important. Tigerfin is allowed to continue doing what he does best and everyone learns to appreciate his individuality, including the children who watch him from Captain Harry’s ferry.
This is not a traditional picture book where the illustrations don’t simply repeat what the text has said but tell some of the story, or where the text doesn’t tell story elements evident in illustrations. At over 800 words I would consider it an illustrated story book.
Watercolour illustrations vary – some with white space around a smaller framed illustration, others filling the whole page with colour. Those showing dolphins are sweet, giving the characters almost human like qualities and expressions that children will relate to well – especially the ones that show Tigerfin’s feelings.
The book includes a page of scientific information about bottlenose dolphins which older children may find interesting. While the text certainly examines the issues of fitting in, self esteem and being accepted for who you are, classroom practitioners would benefit from teaching notes to assist in making full use of the product. The rhyming verse at the end is likely to appeal to children and reinforces the message that being different can be a good thing.
Reviewed by Anke Seib
Books Buzz, A bi-monthly online magazine © Dianne Bates, Issue 8, April 2009