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Good Night, Little Sea Otter (Hmong/Eng)

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Wonderfully Written, Impressive Illustrations

    Little Sea Otter is ready to go to bed, snug in his Mamma's lap, head against her chest, floating on the ocean's surface. Still, he fights his drooping eyes and mother's urgings, by saying good night to every animal he can see or hear, in and out of the ocean's calm blue waters.
    "I forgot to say good night to the harbor seals," Little Sea Otter said to his momma. "Good night harbor seals." Little Sea Otter then said good night to the sea lions, sea gulls, and the orange, yellow, and purple fish. Then he spots the sea urchins, sea stars, sea slugs, clams, and crabs, bidding them all good night. Little Sea Otter continued his good nights until he believed he was finished, but he had missed saying good night to one creature of the sea. Can you guess whom?
    This is an adorable bedtime book. Children will love the cute Little Sea Otter and all his friends. I can hear children reciting the lines, having memorized them from night after night readings. Moms and Dads might even get a rendition of Rock-a-Bye Baby as the back cover folds closed. Wish William's illustrations use deep, rich colors and are wonderfully detailed. If enlarged, the side-by-side pictures without text would make awesome posters. Good Night, Little Sea Otter is a must-have bedtime story that will endear children for years.

    Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    Great Bedtime Story!

    This is a great book to read to children at bedtime. I know my son tries every trick in the book to keep from going to sleep, but eventually, just like Little Sea Otter, he is unable to keep his eyes open. Sea otters are a favorite of my son's, as we saw them on vacation last year. We even came home with a stuffed sea otter, so this story was especially fun for him. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the pictures, as children's books need engaging pictures as well! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, filled with vibrant colors and engaging animals. Where else can you find such a kaleidoscope of colors than beneath the sea?

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  • Posted May 6, 2011


    This book was wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated. It is the tale of any child trying to say "good night" to everyone and anyone they can think of before going to sleep themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. However, my 3 year old daughter, had a hard time sitting still for the entire story. Maybe she needs to get a hard copy of this book in her hands? She was captured by the artistry, if not the story, at this time. I, however, enjoyed the sea otter's interactions with the animals around him. I would definitely recommend this book to others and will be purchasing as a gift in the near future!

    I was given a galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was asked to provide my honest opinion of the galley and have not been compensated for publishing my opinion.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    charming tale for bedtime

    If you were a baby sea otter, to whom would you want to say good night before going to sleep? It is time for Little Sea Otter to go to bed, but he tries to postpone it as long as possible by saying good night to everybody imaginable--the harbor seals, the sea lions, the seagull, the fish in the water, and all the creatures under the sea. Did he forget anyone? Are there others to whom he might say good night? And will he ever get to sleep?
    Children love to see otters. They are among the most playful and fascinating animals to watch. And children love bedtime stories. What a perfect combination! The gentle, soothing text by author Janet Halfmann, who was inspired while writing a magazine article set in a kelp forest along California's coast, and the gorgeous seascape illustrations by Wish Williams will help wee ones to join Little Sea Otter as they settle down for night time and snuggle into their cozy beds. This is a charming tale that is good for bedtime or anytime, and it gets high praise from me.

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