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Otters

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How otters grow and learn is just one of the topics in this clearly written look at North American river and sea otters. Kids can find out about where otters live, what they eat, how they protect themselves and much more. The easy-to-read text and accurate, detailed illustrations of this title in the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series meet the research needs of young children and satisfy their curiosity about these playful aquatic mammals.
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Overview

How otters grow and learn is just one of the topics in this clearly written look at North American river and sea otters. Kids can find out about where otters live, what they eat, how they protect themselves and much more. The easy-to-read text and accurate, detailed illustrations of this title in the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series meet the research needs of young children and satisfy their curiosity about these playful aquatic mammals.
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Editorial Reviews

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A pleasant introduction to North American river otters and their larger cousins, the sea otters, with colored drawings on every page and an easy-to-read text.

This little book of only 32 pages provides young readers with an informative introduction to the lives of two of north America’s most endearing animals, river otters and sea otters.

Children's Literature
If there is a comedian of the mammal world, it has got to be the otter. Whether it is a sea otter napping at the top of a kelp forest or a river otter twisting and diving after fish, these mammals just plain seem to enjoy life. And humans love watching and studying them. Mason's book, beautifully illustrated by Ogle, should help young readers enjoy learning more about otters. The book explains the two basic types of otters, sea and river. Mason does a good job of pointing out differences in river otters and sea otters while discussing habitat, how otters live, what they eat and how they hunt for food, how they bear and raise their young, how they protect themselves and interact with humankind. Readers can find a well-illustrated chart showing otters around the world, some advice on watching for otters—and pointing out differences between river and sea otters since habitats can overlap—plus a glossary of words readers "otter" know, and an index. Well done. 2003, Kids Can Press Ltd,
— Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This title introduces both river and sea otters, providing basic information on a variety of topics, including their habitat, lifestyle, and diet. Fact boxes in the upper-right corner of most pages present additional tidbits. The full- and double-page watercolor illustrations are quite striking, and along with maps, close-ups, and cutouts, enhance the text. For example, a picture of a sea otter also includes a magnified view of the animal's ear and fur as well as a cutaway section showing its spine. The text continually shifts back and forth between the sea otter and river otter, and while the text is clear about which animal is being discussed, this arrangement makes the book difficult to use for reports. Young researchers might prefer Diane Swanson's Otters (Gareth Stevens, 1998) and Doe Boyle's Otter on His Own (Soundprints, 1995), which are more in-depth treatments.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A pleasant introduction to North American river otters and their larger cousins, the sea otters, with colored drawings on every page and an easy-to-read text. Part of the Kids Can Press Wildlife Series that includes Eagles (2000) and Beavers (1998), by Deborah Hodge, this title follows the same format with information on anatomy, range, food, homes, raising young, how otters protect themselves, otters around the world, watching for otters, a glossary and index. Some factual information is vague, for example: "A river otter has a long body and a long tail. Its head is quite flat and pointed." For sea otters, the text reads, "Sea otters are much larger than river otters." How long is long? How large is large? To be fair, the author states elsewhere in Watching for Otters, "If the otter looks as big as a German shepherd dog, it is probably a sea otter. Sea otters are very large-about two or three times bigger than river otters." Since otters of either variety are seldom found in most neighborhoods, precision in identification may be less than critical and appealing illustrations will attract beginning readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)
Science Books & Films
This little book of only 32 pages provides young readers with an informative introduction to the lives of two of north America’s most endearing animals, river otters and sea otters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553374077
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Kids Can Press Wildlife Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,424,522
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Nancy Gray Ogle is an avid naturalist, art teacher and nature illustrator. She lives in Muskoka, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Otters 4
Kinds of otters 6
Where otters live 8
Otter bodies 10
Keeping clean 12
How otters move 14
Otter food 16
Otter homes 18
Otters and their young 20
How otters grow and learn 22
How otters protect themselves 24
Otters and people 26
Otters around the world 28
Watching for otters 30
Words to know 31
Index 32
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