Robbie and the Dolphins
A swift V-shaped ripple
arrowed across the water towards Robbie’s cap.
There was a splash, a slice of grey fin, then the cap
leapt into the air…
Robbie can’t swim or play games because he’s
in a wheelchair. When his hat gets blown into the water,
Robbie meets a dolphin. It’s trying to tell him
something. Soon Robbie discovers its calf snared in
some discarded fishing line underneath the jetty. The
tide is coming in; the baby dolphin is going to drown
… unless Robbie can save it.
“Robbie and the Dolphins
explores two important topics in Australia’s history
– the effects of the polio epidemic, and the after-effects
of the second world war, as well as an environmental
theme of caring for marine creatures and, of course,
the topic of children with disabilities. Good stuff.”
Sally Murphy, Australian Book Reviews.