“Dory Story” a Fun, Educational Book for Kids

I just finished reading “Dory Story” to my 3 children (ages 2, 4 and 6), and am able to report that the book is a big hit (at least with the older kids). Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by David Biedrzycki, the book tells the story of a young boy who sets off in a wooden dory from an undisclosed Northeast beach to explore the ocean (against the wishes of his parents, of course).He does just that, and gets more than he bargained for.

But the book is more than a tale of youthful independence and adventure; it also teaches young readers about the marine world and its unsentimental, sometimes violent web of life. And perhaps that’s what appealed to my kids—the unsweetened story of real animals eating and being eaten. No anthropomorphizing here. The story is entertaining and educational, and the illustrations by Biedrzycki are beautiful and display a careful study of Northeast ocean creatures (not to mention wooden dories).


  • “Dory Story” is published by Charlesbridge.
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