Gr 2-4-This title introduces both river and sea otters, providing basic information on a variety of topics, including their habitat, lifestyle, and diet. Fact boxes in the upper-right corner of most pages present additional tidbits. The full- and double-page watercolor illustrations are quite striking, and along with maps, close-ups, and cutouts, enhance the text. For example, a picture of a sea otter also includes a magnified view of the animal's ear and fur as well as a cutaway section showing its spine. The text continually shifts back and forth between the sea otter and river otter, and while the text is clear about which animal is being discussed, this arrangement makes the book difficult to use for reports. Young researchers might prefer Diane Swanson's Otters (Gareth Stevens, 1998) and Doe Boyle's Otter on His Own (Soundprints, 1995), which are more in-depth treatments.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gathers information about otters, including the different breeds, how they move and swim, where they live, and how they care for their young.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Offers young readers a comprehensive look at this unique aquatic animal through informative facts about its habitat, diet, survival skills, and more. Simultaneous.