This soothing bedtime read-aloud features Alaskan coastal wildlife and a touching lullaby.
Joshie Otter wants to play, but Mama says not today . . . and so Joshie sets out to find some new pals. He sees many different sea animals, but no one wants to play. Soon, he swims too far out, but is able to find his way home when his mother sings a sweet song.
“Splendid paintings in a variety of shimmering Arctic hues illustrate a soothing bedtime story . . . This attractive picture book has the draws of an affectionate mother-offspring bond.”—Booklist
“An excellent addition to picture-book collections that’s sure to be read over and over by parents looking for that perfect soothing bedtime story.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
Nancy White Carlstrom (nancywhitecarlstrom.com) has written more than fifty books for children, including the Jesse Bear series with illustrator Bruce Degan. She draws inspiration from her eighteen years living in Alaska, volunteer experiences in Africa and Haiti, and raising sons Jesse and Joshua.
Ken Kuroi has contributed illustrations to many popular Japanese books, including Gongitsune (Gong, the Little Fox) by Nankichi Miimi and Neko no Jimusyo (The Cat Office) by Kenji Miyazawa. Kuroi’s collaborative works with Nancy Carlstrom, Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter and Midnight Dance of the Snowshoe Hare are published in America. In 2003, his gallery, Ken Kuroi’s Picture Book House, opened, where his work is constantly displayed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Joshie Otter swims from one baby sea animal to another looking for a playmate. When it turns late he realizes he has swam too far from home and he is lost. Mama Otter sings a song to lead him home.
Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter written by Nancy White Carlstorm teaches a good lesson. Joshie Otter was told not to go and play, but he does not listen to his mother. Joshie Otter spends the afternoon looking for friends to play with, the seal babt pups, puffins, kittowakes, and the murres, but they all had something else to do. As night fell Joshie Otter realized he had swam out farther than he had expected. Joshie Otter listens close and hears his mother singing a song to lead him home. His mother says "Swim the Silver Sea, Joshie Otter." Joshie Otter listens and fallows his mother's voice home.
This book is very well written. Joshie Otter learns a great lesson. He learns that listening to his mother's is very inportant to his safty. Because Joshie Otter gos out looking for a friend to play with he gets lost. With this book a teacher can teach the importants of listening to the rules of an adult because without rules something bad can happen. I really like how the book included the song Joshie Otter's mother sings to guide him home. Students love music, and it is a good wrap up to the book. Over all I feel this book is good to use with students.
My daughter adores this book. Not only is the story intriguing to children,it also includes music in the back which is easily played on the piano or guitar. A good bet for introducing your children to sea life in Alaska.