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Otter on his own : the story of a sea otter
Boyle, Doe.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Norwalk, CT : Soundprints, [1995]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 31 cm
Sea Otter Pup spends the first months of his life with his mother in a protected cove off the California coast, learning how to hunt for food and care for himself, before venturing out into the dangers of the Pacific Ocean.
General Note:
"Smithsonian Oceanic Collection."
Reading Level:
AD 800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 52281.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 23145 Guided reading level: N.
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Sea Otter Pup's mother teaches him to dive and hunt. When the pup follows his mother into the open sea, more than just excitement awaits them.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Bobbing in a ribbon of kelp, diving for his dinner, and watching a shark attack his mother are all part of growing up for Otter Pup. In this revision of a 1995 title (Soundprints), Boyle's almost poetic text and content remain mostly unchanged, with the exception of a few sentences that were rewritten to read more smoothly. The illustrations are by a different illustrator, and have a softer look. Lawson's colors immediately draw readers into Otter Pup's world, from the time he is two hours old to adulthood, and the details, from the gleam in the sea otters' eyes to background items such as a lighthouse, nicely complement the text. Every picture fills the entire spread, leaving no white space. Words appear on a lightly colored background. Otter is a wonderful blend of factual information and delightful story that combines drama and adventure. A glossary and two sections at the end of the book provide more information about this animal.-Cathie Bashaw Morton, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.