Otters under Water

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Under the watchful eye of their mother on the shore, two otter pups glide, dive, hunt and explore their underwater world. Arnosky's watercolor illustrations deftly entice even reluctant, landlocked readers into his aquatic underworld." —Publishers Weekly

Shows two young otters frolicking and feeding in a pond.

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Overview

Under the watchful eye of their mother on the shore, two otter pups glide, dive, hunt and explore their underwater world. Arnosky's watercolor illustrations deftly entice even reluctant, landlocked readers into his aquatic underworld." —Publishers Weekly

Shows two young otters frolicking and feeding in a pond.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Under the watchful eye of their mother on the shore, two otter pups glide, dive, hunt and explore their underwater world. Arnosky's watercolor illustrations deftly entice even reluctant, landlocked readers into his aquatic underworld as these lovable otters take a gulp of air, sneak under floating ducks and muskrats, race after minnows and perch,stet comma and then rise again to greet a butterfly. Shallow waters--and the book's radiant pages--shine in sunlight; kids are given an otters-eye perspective that includes above and below water views at once. However, because the text lacks the traditional narrative elements that might draw readers in, perhaps the book is most appropriate for the otter-curious or confirmed otter-lovers. Ages 3-6. Sept.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sunlit book about two exploring otter pups, "Arnosky's watercolor illustrations deftly entice even reluctant, landlocked readers into his aquatic world," said PW. Ages 3-6. July Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- In the footsteps of Arnosky's other simple nature books--Deer at the Brook 1986, Come Out , Muskrats 1989, Racoons and Ripe Corn 1987, Watching Foxes 1984, all Lothrop--comes this charming, true-to-life glimpse of two young otters swimming, playing, and feeding in a sunlit pond under the watchful gaze of their mother. As always, this naturalist author/artist has enhanced the basic lesson through his inclusion of plants, creatures, and rock formations that form a part of the animals' natural habitat. His carefully executed colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations, all unbordered double-page spreads, reflect his keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent. Each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism, adding character to the realistic scenes. The short, simple, oversized text, one sentence or phrase to a page, succinctly describes the pictured activity without detracting from the eye-catching view. This slim volume will appeal to beginning readers and is a delightful lap book for preschoolers as well. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Pub. Lib . , OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698115569
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,420,374
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”

Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    The pictures are so breathtaking that you don't realize how much

    The pictures are so breathtaking that you don't realize how much you are LEARNING in this book! Amazing stuff...

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