"The Secret Life of the Sea Otter"
Written by: Laurence Pringle
Illustrated by: Kate Garchinsky
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Who is this a gift for?
- Ages: 6 to 9
- Grades: Pre-K to 4
- Anyone who loves Sea Otters!
The “Secret Life” series of books are ideal for 1st through 3rd graders who love animals and wildlife, and want to learn secrets about their daily lives.
REVIEWS of "The Secret Life of the Sea Otter":
Laurence Pringle’s nimble text and Kate Garchinsky’s soft-edged paintings work together here to create an endearing and illuminating account of a year in the life of a fictional female otter named Lutris...This is children’s nonfiction at its best: as engaging as a story and as informative as an encyclopedia." —The Wall Street Journal
★ "With an economy of well-chosen text that reveals the wonders of the saltwater habitat, master writer Pringle introduces Lutris, named for her scientific name. With Garchinsky’s artistic skill, they offer an appealing look into more than just her diet, physical features, motherhood, and predators. It is the why and how of her life that is not to be missed...This is a wonderful, unforgettable sea adventure...a juvenile nonfiction treasure; highly recommended to all libraries who serve children." —School Library Journal, starred review
"In this latest installment of the Secret Life series, Pringle and Garchinsky follow the familiar, successful pattern of their previous books, looking closely at an individual animal to learn about the habits and habitat of the species in general. Here, a sea otter named Lutris (after her scientific name) rests, feeds, escapes a predatory shark, bears and raises a pup, and survives a storm...The rich, descriptive language would be a pleasure to read aloud...An informative and engaging introduction to an animal known as the old man of the sea." —Kirkus Reviews
"This picture-book introduction to the species follows Lutris, a fictional sea otter, as she swims through kelp forests, hunts for shellfish, and teaches her new pup how to survive. Conversational, straightforward text describes how Lutris's natural adaptations allow her to thrive in her habitat. Potentially unfamiliar terms are italicized and defined in an appended glossary. Digital illustrations skillfully capture stormy skies, deep ocean waters, and otters' playful antics. 'More About Sea Otters' provides additional information on this endangered species. A reading list is included at book's end."—The Horn Book
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Sep 21, 2023
What a beautifully done book! And having it signed will make it an extra special Christmas gift! Thank you so much!