In this endearing and beautifully illustrated picture book, a baby river otter learns to swim, dive, and play in her natural habitat. Encouraged by her mother, the little otter soon sets out to explore on her own, quickly learning to escape shoreline predators and to find her way back to the security of home.From children’s author Artie Knapp and wildlife artist Guy Hobbs, Little Otter Learns to Swim is an entertaining and colorful tale for ages four and up. The story is followed by two pages of fun facts about river otters as well as information and resources from the River Otter Ecology Project.
|Publisher:||Ohio University Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Artie Knapp is the author of forty works of children’s literature, including books, videos, stories, and poems.
Guy Hobbs is an internationally known artist who specializes in wildlife art.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sweet, informative, and gentle—this is a lovely book which introduces young listeners to the world of river otters. The time has come for Little Otter to learn how to swim. He's nervous but his mother knows how to handle the situation with loving care. Soon, they're swimming and diving. When the mother leaves Little Otter alone for awhile, she soon encounters unexpected dangers. But the river is always the otter's friend. This is simply a wonderful read. The story is written in rhyme, one that flows pretty nicely the whole way through. But, in general, the text is kept to a minimum and is appropriate for even younger listeners. Little Otter undergoes a small adventure, but it's a gentle one and allows the wonder for the animal to come across as it swim among other residents of the river. The more tense moments, which Little Otter must survive, give the listener an idea of the predators an otter faces with a tiny dash of tension. The warmth at the end of the story will have young listeners ready for a last cuddle. At the very end of the book, there more detailed information about otters is offered. These pages provide material for parents/guardians to either use in discussions or simply as more information for themselves. Either way, it makes for a rounded book, especially for otter fans young and old. One of my favorite aspects of this book are the illustrations. The are beautifully done, spur emotions at the right moments, and invite into the otter's world. The depictions are realistic enough to bring across a true impression of the otters—something real fans will love. And it's a treat to gaze through them even when the text isn't being read. It makes for a wonderful read. I received a complimentary copy and found it not only informational but to be an enjoyable read. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.
Little Otter Learns to Swim, must be one of the most beautiful children’s books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The rhyming words tell the story of how little Otter learned to swim and the fun that was had, as well as how the river is the safest place from all the predators. Each page is adorned with the most outstanding illustrations from wildlife artist Guy Hobbs, the pictures look so real and you would be forgiven for mistaking them for photographs – They are that good and cover every page. These alone are worth buying the book for, but together with the delightful engaging story, if your child loves nature then this is a must purchase. The sentences are short and would be perfect for a new reader, although none readers would be able to tell the story via the images alone. It would work well for use as a class project on the animals. At the back of the book is information on North American Otters and how those in the US can help them, as well as information for teachers too. I didn’t realise that trapping is still allowed in some States in the US for capturing the Otters for their fur – This needs to stop. This book is so heartwarming and mesmerising and I just adore it and couldn’t give it anything less than five stars.