Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners [NOOK Book]

Overview

Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn’t know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. ...

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Overview

Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn’t know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. Rabbit’s reflection on good manners.

In her smart, quirky style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor—just follow the Golden Rule!

A Junior Library Guild Selection
 

Do Unto Otters is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Keller's (The Scrambled States of America) latest offers lessons in the social graces, featuring Mr. Rabbit and his whiskery new neighbors, the otters. "I don't know anything about otters," the pink-eyed, pink-nosed protagonist agonizes. "What if we don't get along?" At this, a bookish owl pops in from the margin with an apt take on the Golden Rule: "Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you." Hmmm...," muses Mr. Rabbit, "How would I like otters to treat me?" When he opines, "I'd like otters to be polite," a gray otter in polka-dot shorts demonstrates how to say "please" in five languages (counting Pig Latin), then does the same for "thank you" and the indispensable "excuse me." Later, the smiling otters "co-otter-ate" and help friends move a heavy log. Even disagreements can be managed. Keller loads her acrylic-on-paper images with comical asides and tangential conversations, and goggle eyes, rubbery smiles and rounded teeth suggest her cast's goofball personalities; no mistaking them for Little Lord Fauntleroys. Without prescribing perfect etiquette, Keller serves up sound, friendly advice for maintaining a peaceable kingdom. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3
Mr. Rabbit is worried that he might not get along with his new neighbors. A wise owl gives him the advice, "Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you" and proceeds to explain what this means. Thus follows a listing of traits and qualities such as friendliness, politeness, honesty, consideration, cooperation, and sharing. Each one contains humorous examples of Mr. Rabbit and the Otters following those rules. Also included are samples of how to say certain phrases such as "Excuse me" and "Please" in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Pig Latin. Each page bursts with colorful illustrations and is scattered with words of different sizes and fonts. This simple story is certain to appeal to children.
—Donna AtmurCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
When a dubious rabbit discovers his new neighbors, a family of otters, a helpful owl prompts him to think about ways to ensure they'll all get along. "Treat otters the same way I'd like otters to treat me? . . . I'd like otters to be friendly. A cheerful hello, a nice smile, and good eye contact are all part of being friendly." Being polite, saying thank you and excuse me, being honest and considerate and cooperative all follow as traits and behaviors the rabbit would like to see, accompanied by examples of each, setting the stage for amicable neighborly relations. Keller's animals cavort across the page in a pleasingly varied design, the humor in their bug eyes and big noses helping to keep the tone light. Aiding this is a generous helping of silliness in the examples of good behavior-included among the enumeration of considerate actions is "helping neighbors untangle ears." While kids may well have encountered the Golden Rule elsewhere, this explanation and elaboration nicely unifies what might otherwise seem like a dreary list of manners. This lively book is anything but. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)
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“Keller serves up sound, friendly advice for maintaining a peaceable kingdom.”—Publishers Weekly

“Each page bursts with colorful illustrations and is scattered with words of different sizes and fonts. This simple story is certain to appeal to children.”—School Library Journal

“While kids may well have encountered the Golden Rule elsewhere, this explanation and elaboration nicely unifies what might otherwise seem like a dreary list of manners. This lively book is anything but.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466812741
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 129,141
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author


Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Great kids book

    This book is really cute and it's a cute way to start teaching children the golden rule. I know a lot of adults who need to read this book as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    My son loves this book!

    My 5 1/2 year old loves this book on manners because of the humor. The plays on words make him laugh. I recommend this book as a very engaging way to help your kids understand the benefits of good manners, fair play, etc. It is also fun to read as an adult and it certainly gives you a light way to remind your children to share, etc. "remember the Otters!".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    This book is a keeper!

    This is a creative twist on the golden rule. I loved reading this story to my son. He wanted me to read it over and over again. We also enjoyed the illustrations. This book made me smile. I love the way the author taught the meaning of the golden rule in a fun way without changing the meaning. This is the first time I have read a book by this author but now I want to find more of her books. I'm glad I bought this- book it's a keeper.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Surprisingly educational.

    At first I did not think this book was particularly interesting, but I noticed my 3 year old son really seemed to catch the point of the book about being polite and considerate. He really enjoys listening to the book and will repeat many of the morals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Ever struggle with manners?

    This is a really funny book about a bunny and his next door neighbors, the otters. The bunny is really worried that his neighbors might be mean and forget their manners. I think this is a good book for ages 4-8.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2007

    Doo-dee-doo teach your children simple manners

    This is a wonderful mix of graphics, illustrations, and text. The review of manners and a positive approach as to how to interact with others especially those we don't know makes an impact on children. Without being preachy, the point of personal responsibility and community really comes across.

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