Learn how a baby sea otter grows up
At the edge of the ocean, a baby sea otter is born. The newborn pup is little and helpless. Her mother must protect her from predators like the fierce bald eagles that are always ready to swoop after a baby.
The young otter grows up quickly. When she is old enough to fend for herself, she finds a mate. Soon the sea otter will have a tiny pup of her own.
In simple, evocative text and vibrant illustrations, this picture book explores the life cycle of the sea otter.
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Betty Tatham is the author of several nonfiction picture books about animals. She lives with her husband in Holland, Pennsylvania.
Joan Paley has illustrated a number of books for young readers. She lives with her husband in North Scituate, Massachusetts.
PreSchool-Grade 1–A baby sea otter is born and cared for by her mother, who grooms her, hunts for food, feeds her, and saves her from a hungry eagle. Mother and pup spend most of their time in a group of other female otters and their young called a raft. The pup later learns how to dive and hunt, and eventually is left to swim on her own as her mother goes off to hunt. At one point the baby is kidnapped by a male sea otter, but the mother rescues her by giving up the food she has collected. At six months of age, the young sea otter is able to find her own food. And when she is three years old, she is ready to mate. After a five-month gestation period, the cycle begins anew, with a new baby pup ready to learn and grow. The clear, simple paragraphs of text, interspersed with the drama that the otters face daily, will keep young readers interested. Paley's lush blue- and aqua-toned collages add texture and richness. The picture-book format will make this book more suitable for browsing and pleasure reading rather than reports, and the topic will appeal to a wide audience.–DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0805075046 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0380929
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805075046