ISBN 1-55337-406-1 (hc)
ISBN 1-55337-407-X (pb)
Illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle
Following their mother, two otter pups slide down the muddy bank and slip into the river. It's time for their daily lessons. Mother is teaching them how to swim, dive and catch food. When the pups are a year old, they’ll leave their mother’s side. But for now there is still time to wrestle and play. Splash!
How otters grow and learn is just one of the fourteen topics in this clearly written look at the two kinds of North American otters – river otters and sea otters. You’ll find out about where otters live, what they eat, how they protect themselves and much more.
Did you know?
* sea otters’ hind feet are so large they look like flippers
* river otters can swim fast enough to catch fish
* sea otters can stay underwater for as long as four minutes
* river otters sometimes sneak into a beaver’s den or muskrat’s burrow to fight them
“Offers young readers a comprehensive look at this unique aquatic animal through informative facts about its habitat, diet, survival skills, and more.” - Books and More
“How can you resist that face staring out at you from the cover of this informative and fact-filled book? This is a great addition to the [Kids Can Press] Wildlife series…” - Brandon Sun
“…this book [is] a useful reference for readers interested in wildlife.” - Science Books and Films
* Our Choice , 2004, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
* Science in Society Book Award, 2003, shortlist
* Best Bet, 2003, Ontario Library Association
This book is available in French as Les loutres (Les Editions Scholastic)
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