Otters love to play

Jonathan London, 1947-

Book - 2016

Frolicking baby otters emerge from their den in the springtime and enjoy games of chasing, sliding, swimming, jumping, catching fish, and grooming themselves throughout the seasons of the year.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
31 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9780763669133
076366913X
Main Author
Jonathan London, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Meilo So (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Last year's beaver den is this year's cozy lair for a mother otter and three newborn pups. When they are finally allowed out, they lose no time leaping and tumbling, pouncing and wrestling, because, well, otters love to play. With their waterproof fur coats, the pups "gracefully spin and flip and swish like underwater acrobats." They learn to hunt, guided by their supersensitive whiskers. Since otters don't hibernate, they romp all through winter. As for any would-be predators, never mess with a fierce otter mother if you can help it. London, the author of 100-plus picture books and best known for his ever-growing Froggy series, combines family adventure and facts to create a frolicsome, informative tale. A reminder about the two distinct fonts (one for the otter story, another for the explanatory tidbits), an index, and an "About Otters" endnote further enhance the learning opportunity. So's whimsical art—aptly conceived in flowing watercolors—adds mischievous charm to all that beckoning play. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—The story of an action-filled year in the life of a North American river otter family begins with the selection of an abandoned beaver den by the mother and the spring birth of her babies. Solely responsible for the young, she nurses them until they are ready to leave the den and go outside, where she teaches them how to swim. The antics of the pups—they wrestle and roll, play tag and race, and flip and swish like underwater acrobats—are amplified by vibrant and expressive watercolors. Their playful activities mimic future adult behavior as they learn how to catch fish and other prey and deal with the threat of a hungry fox. Facts about otters runs underneath the fictional narrative of the mother otter and her offspring. Seasonal variations in the riverside habitat are captured in the lovely spreads, such as the tracks as the otters slide down snowy hills. VERDICT Fun and informative, this beautifully illustrated, strong narrative belongs in every collection.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA [Page 120]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—A buoyant text and exquisite watercolor artwork follow a litter of frisky pups as they awaken to the world around them and learn the skills necessary to survive. Complementing the story of these rambunctious aquatic animals' adventures are details on their anatomy and habits, and the purpose of play.. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Frolicking baby otters emerge from their den in the springtime and enjoy games of chasing, sliding, swimming, jumping, catching fish and grooming themselves throughout the seasons of the year. By the award-winning author of the Froggy series.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Frolicking baby otters emerge from their den in the springtime and enjoy games of chasing, sliding, swimming, jumping, catching fish, and grooming themselves throughout the seasons of the year.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Ka-splash! Head to the river, where a frolicsome bunch of otters plays all year round in a nonfiction story sprinkled with facts — and loaded with fun.It’s spring, and a litter of baby river otters emerges from a den . . . to play! Follow the otters through the seasons as they chase one another, slide down a mudbank, jump in a pile of leaves, and learn to swim. Even while catching fish for their dinner or grooming themselves in the snow, otters love to play — and Jonathan London’s lively text and Meilo So’s fluid watercolors invite you to share in the joy.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Ka-splash! Head to the river, where a frolicsome bunch of otters plays all year round in a nonfiction story sprinkled with facts — and loaded with fun.It’s spring, and a litter of baby river otters emerges from a den . . . to play! Follow the otters through the seasons as they chase one another, slide down a mudbank, jump in a pile of leaves, and learn to swim. Even while catching fish for their dinner or grooming themselves in the snow, otters love to play — and Jonathan London’s lively text and Meilo So’s fluid watercolors invite you to share in the joy.