Playful Slider: The North American River Otter

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A quick game of hide-and-seek. A belly slide down a snow-covered hill. Lively, clever, and curious, otters are best known for their sense of fun. In this fascinating volume, acclaimed author Barbara Juster Esbensen explores the world of the North American river otter, describing its behavior and characteristics in poetic detail. Graced with beautiful illustrations by distinguished wildlife painter Mary Barrett Brown, Playful Slider invites young readers to learn more about one of the most interesting of North ...

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Overview

A quick game of hide-and-seek. A belly slide down a snow-covered hill. Lively, clever, and curious, otters are best known for their sense of fun. In this fascinating volume, acclaimed author Barbara Juster Esbensen explores the world of the North American river otter, describing its behavior and characteristics in poetic detail. Graced with beautiful illustrations by distinguished wildlife painter Mary Barrett Brown, Playful Slider invites young readers to learn more about one of the most interesting of North American mammals.

Explores the world of the North American river otter, describing the playful mammal's behavior and characteristics.

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Gr 2-4-A lively, informative introduction to an appealing mammal. Esbensen's descriptive narrative gives readers a sense of observing this playful animal firsthand, but not to the exclusion of basic facts about physical characteristics and survival skills, which are deftly woven into the text. Brown's illustrations depict the otters on land and in the water throughout the seasons. They alternate between double-page spreads and smaller illustrations against stark white backgrounds. The otters are realistically drawn, and the positions of their bodies successfully demonstrate their agility and mannerisms. However, the artwork here is not as effective as in her earlier books; the picture inside the den is so dark that it is difficult to distinguish the babies nestled against their mother. Nonetheless, Playful Slider is a good choice to expand upon Jim Arnosky's simpler Otters under Water (Putnam, 1992).-Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316249775
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 1

Meet the Author

Barbara Juster Esbensen (1925–1996) was a popular children’s author, storyteller, and nature writer.

Mary Barrett Brown (1938–2000) was a world-renowned wildlife artist.

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