Overview

Baby otters are playful and adorable creatures from their first steps outside of the cozy den their mother prepared for them to their first paddles in the icy water. Veteran science book author Ginjer L. Clarke highlights plenty of facts about baby otters, including how they learn to swim, what they eat, and where they live.


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Overview

Baby otters are playful and adorable creatures from their first steps outside of the cozy den their mother prepared for them to their first paddles in the icy water. Veteran science book author Ginjer L. Clarke highlights plenty of facts about baby otters, including how they learn to swim, what they eat, and where they live.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Various authors have contributed to the "All Aboard Science Readers." They are part of the "All Aboard Reader" series that also covers reading, math, poetry, and mysteries which are nicely divided into four reading levels: Picture Readers, three Station Stops for Beginning to Read, Reading with Help, and Reading Alone. Topics describe nature, living things, and basic concepts for young students who are likely to tackle them more independently. The books have less than fifty pages with appropriate drawings. Information is given in story-like form according to reading ability so that facts are presented well. Learning about North American baby river otters is the focus of this book, even though there is a small amount of description provided about different otters that live elsewhere. For instance, sea otters primarily live in the ocean where it is often necessary to dive to depths of 100 feet to find food. Giant otters are found in the rain forests of South America and can be up to six feet in length. Otters in south and central Africa are actually clawless but have large, sharp teeth. River otters burrow deep in order to stay warm, dry, and safe. Giant otters live in groups unlike river otters who remain in separate families. Being superb swimmers is of course their most known characteristic, but otters also enjoy playing with one another no matter the weather or location. As the author traces the growth of river otters from birth through the first year, youngsters will delight about their activities inside the den and out. Most notably, they stay with their mother the entire time, and a father is not mentioned. Whether wrestling with each other, learning to swim with mom's nudging, orcatching diverse prey, students will discover that river otters are often just like them while growing up. And if they have visited an aquarium or zoo with otters swimming up close, their experiences will be confirmed. Otters do seem to be friendly, happy creatures that have the same needs as humans. As found in "All Aboard Science Readers" at Station Stop 2, baby river otters and their cousins bring a smile to any reader's face. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698138766
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers, L3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 8 Years
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

Ginjer L. Clarke lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Robbin Cuddy lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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