Little by Little

Little by Little

by Amber Stewart, Layn Marlow
     
 

From the author-illustrator team of I'M BIG ENOUGH comes this new story about doing what you always thought you couldn't.

Otto is an otter who can do many things. But there's one thing he can't do: swim. Little by little, and with a some help from his big sister, Otto gets the courage--and the practice-- to splash and tumble in the water with his

Overview


From the author-illustrator team of I'M BIG ENOUGH comes this new story about doing what you always thought you couldn't.

Otto is an otter who can do many things. But there's one thing he can't do: swim. Little by little, and with a some help from his big sister, Otto gets the courage--and the practice-- to splash and tumble in the water with his friends.

The story and illustrations will encourage kids, showing them that if they take it step-by-step, any new skill is within their reach!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K- Otto the otter is writing down the things he can and can't do, and even though the first side of his list is longer, the one item on his "I CAN'T DO" list makes him very sad: he wants, more than anything, to swim. With encouragement from his sister, he starts small, first hopping on the riverbed, then starting to float, then learning to splash and kick-and finally he is able to jump from the Highest-Ever Rock and swim in the Deepest-Ever Pool below. The message will resonate with children learning this skill and others "little by little," and Marlow's expressive watercolor and ink illustrations will capture their interest. The real star here, however, is the peppy text, which bounces along with all the energy of Otto rolling through the water.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
There are lots of things Otto can do: "Forward roly-poly / Backward roly-poly / Being kind to frogs...." There's just one thing he can't do, and that's swim, which is a problem when you're an otter. Little by little, coaxed and encouraged by his mom and wise older sister, he makes the attempt, he practices daily, and-wouldn't you know it?-the day finally comes when Otto succeeds swimmingly. Marlow's soft watercolors depict an appealingly snub-nosed little otter whose anxious look turns into triumph over the course of the brief tale. Together with the quiet, reassuring, albeit bland story, the whole makes for a pleasant enough read, although it lacks the graphical and narrative oomph of such tales as Simon James's Little One-Step (2003) or Robert Kraus's classic Leo the Late Bloomer (1971). Nevertheless, children will likely root for Otto and may be emboldened to try out something on their own "CAN'T DO" lists. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545061636
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Amber Stewart is the author of HOW MANY SLEEPS?, I'M BIG ENOUGH, and LITTLE BY LITTLE. She graduated from London University with a degree in Russian Language and Literature, then began an ongoing career in children's book publishing.

Layn Marlow has worked on many great children's books, including Amber Stewart's HOW MANY SLEEPS?, I'M BIG ENOUGH, and LITTLE BY LITTLE. She lives in England with her husband and two children.

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