Sea Elf

Sea Elf

by Joanne Ryder, Michael Rothman
     
 

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"A child reader [is] transformed into a sea otter and taken on an imaginative day trip....Ryder's poetically imagistic text is powerfully partnered by Rothman's robust...artwork, which depicts aspects of a sea otter's day in its natural habitat....This experience is potent, informative, and transporting....Lovely for nature studies or for a flight of fantasy into

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"A child reader [is] transformed into a sea otter and taken on an imaginative day trip....Ryder's poetically imagistic text is powerfully partnered by Rothman's robust...artwork, which depicts aspects of a sea otter's day in its natural habitat....This experience is potent, informative, and transporting....Lovely for nature studies or for a flight of fantasy into the natural world."—Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-An up-close and personal look at a sea otter living in the ocean off the California coast. The immediacy of the brief text is built on evocative, tactile images, such as the description of the creature ``patting'' the submerged rocks in search of food. Younger children will enjoy listening to the story; older ones will want to read it independently so that they can immerse themselves in the illustrations. The cover painting pulls readers in from the moment they meet the otter's bright brown eyes. Inside, the double-page, acrylic artwork spreads right to the margins with the print floating on the pages. One of the most effective pictures shows the otter rising through forests of kelp towards the luminous surface above. A factual note gives information on the animals, including their still-threatened status in California, but it is the marriage of story, pictures, and overall design that conveys the real essence of the subject.-Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Annie Ayres
"You are soft, warm, and furry, floating in grayness. Wrapped in a blanket of seaweed, you bob up and down on a fog-covered sea." You are a child reader transformed into a sea otter and taken on an imaginative day trip in Ryder and Rothman's latest addition to their acclaimed Just for a Day series. As with the other series titles ("White Bear, Ice Bear"; "Catching the Wind"; "Lizard in the Sun"; and "Winter Whale"), Ryder's poetically imagistic text is powerfully partnered by Rothman's robust, double-page artwork, which depicts aspects of a sea otter's day in its natural habitat. The effect is an experience, not a story, and this experience is potent, informative, and transporting. You are a sea otter in a California cove. This book is lovely for nature studies or for a flight of fantasy into the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688100605
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Series:
Just for a Day Book Ser.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Joanne Ryder has always loved pandas, starting with the very first small panda toy she had as a child. She has continued to be fascinatd by these rare and wonderful animals throughout her career as a writer. She is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo; Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo; My Mother's Voice; My Father's Hands; Big Bear Ball; and Wild Birds. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, Laurence Yep, who is also an author.

Michael Rothman, the illustrator of the Just for a Day series, joined two New York Botanical Gardens research expeditions to French Guiana in 1989 and 1993. There, in one of the least logged rain forests in the world, he climbed high into the canopy and developed ideas for many of the images of rain forest life reproduced in this book. Mr. Rothman's illustrations for science publications and for such children's books as Inside the Amazing Amazon, by Don Lessem, display his commitment to these fragile ecosystems.

Mr. Rothman lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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