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Molly and the Dolphins

Authored by Malachy Doyle
Illustrated by Andrew Whitson
Published by Graffeg

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Molly and the Dolphins is the sixth book in this series and in this story Molly takes to the sea under her father’s guidance.

This is a beautifully illustrated story that is sure to please children and adults alike. After time spent on the boat ‘The Mermaid’, under her father’s careful tutelage, the time has come for Molly to venture out to sea by herself. Molly has successfully earned the ability to sail by herself now that she has learned how. She has some wonderful adventures at sea with her friends – both humans and dolphins. However, things take a dramatic turn when Molly is out at sea alone. The weather changes and Molly is in trouble. Unable to find her way home, she finds herself further and further out to sea. Luckily, her dolphin friends are able to guide her to safety and back in sight of the familiar lighthouse.

Malachy Doyle’s story paired with Andrew Whitston’s beautiful illustrations, provide a rich resource through which to discuss the issues of over-fishing and polluted coastlines, the protection of sea life and the dangers of the ocean. The ambitious use of vocabulary offers opportunities for young learners to develop their language and will hopefully inspire developing writers to be adventurous with their own use of word choice.

There are also teaching resources accessible for educators and parents, just use the QR code on the back cover of the book.