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Otter on his Own
     

Otter on his Own

by Doe Boyle, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
 
Sea Otter Pup spends the first months of his life with his mother in a protected cove off the California coast, learning how to hunt for food and care for himself, before venturing out into the dangers of the Pacific Ocean.

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Sea Otter Pup spends the first months of his life with his mother in a protected cove off the California coast, learning how to hunt for food and care for himself, before venturing out into the dangers of the Pacific Ocean.

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Children's Literature
This entry in the "Smithsonian's Backyard" series presents in story format what happens when a young bullfrog is ready to mate and finds a calling spot in the bayou from which to "brrwoom." Like others in the series, this one differentiates the various aspects of an animal, in this case, sticky tongue, bulging eyes that serve several purposes, a bulging throat, and a territory seeker. Mild danger in the form of a black-crowned heron predator is avoided when a crashing raccoon scares the bird off and the frog hops off to search for and find a special place from which to attract a mate. Suitable as a source for reports, the book also features backmatter with more information, a glossary, and an index. Kest's paintings are inviting and share well with groups. The book is also available as an audiobook accompanied by a realistic stuffed animal. 2002, Soundprints,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Bobbing in a ribbon of kelp, diving for his dinner, and watching a shark attack his mother are all part of growing up for Otter Pup. In this revision of a 1995 title (Soundprints), Boyle's almost poetic text and content remain mostly unchanged, with the exception of a few sentences that were rewritten to read more smoothly. The illustrations are by a different illustrator, and have a softer look. Lawson's colors immediately draw readers into Otter Pup's world, from the time he is two hours old to adulthood, and the details, from the gleam in the sea otters' eyes to background items such as a lighthouse, nicely complement the text. Every picture fills the entire spread, leaving no white space. Words appear on a lightly colored background. Otter is a wonderful blend of factual information and delightful story that combines drama and adventure. A glossary and two sections at the end of the book provide more information about this animal.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607276760
Publisher:
Palm Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Series:
Smithsonian Oceanic Collection
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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