Otters Love to Play

Otters Love to Play 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 emerg

  • Title: Otters Love to Play
  • Author: Jonathan London Meilo So
  • ISBN: 9780763669133
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 whileKa 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.

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    1. Lively non-fiction book about these playful animals that reads like a story, perfect for a prek - 3rd grade read-aloud. Otters Love to Play is loaded with facts that are carefully written in a way that young listeners or readers can easily grasp. Follow along as the baby otters open their eyes for the first time in spring, learn to swim in summer, jump in leaves in the fall, and enjoy some belly-slides in the winter snow. Illustrator Meilo So’s colorful illustrations depicts all the wonderful [...]

    2. Gorgeous, color-drenched watercolor illustrations follow a family of otters through the first year of their lives. The babies emerge from their den in the spring, and their play never stops throughout the seasons, even while their mother carefully provides food and instructions for them. They learn how to swim, how to hunt, and how to keep themselves safe, and when they chance upon a predator ready for some tender morsels, the otters' mother shows them just how fierce a mother can be. The illust [...]

    3. Unfortunately this is cataloged as non-fiction, and parents and teachers who don't know the wonders of non-fiction picture books will miss this. For those who do find it, they will get another treat from London, who whether he is writing about the immortal Froggy, or nature books like this, always succeeds in showing how it's done. The art by Meilo So is a perfect match to the text, with otters that are realistic but have a twinkle that makes them extra lovable. Author and illustrator make a goo [...]

    4. Interesting facts and lovely illustrations make this children's nonfiction book about otters a pleasure to read. Like I (Don't) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, there is a dual narrative going on - the story of the otters and factual information behind the scenes, both with different fonts. What a friendly, fun, factual book!

    5. I loved the illustrations and the different fonts they used. They had an index in the back as well as a nice list of otter facts. A wonderful little nice picture book.

    6. For this book, I would use it in conjunction with a science lesson over animal habitats. This book discusses where otters live, what they do, and how they interact with on another. The twin text I would pair with it is the book I Am Otter by Sam Garton, published April 29th, 2014. This is the first in a fiction picture book series about an otter that was left on the doorstep of an otter keeper when she was a baby and depicts her adventures in the human world. The way I Am Otter would compliment [...]

    7. Otters Love to Play is a non-fiction story that gives facts about the life of an otter from birth through the first year. This book is great because it is written in kid-friendly language and tells a story while giving facts and information about the topic. It uses two different fonts to show the difference between the story and the facts (even though the story does tell factual information). The illustrations are informative, but also enjoyable and make the book seem more fun and more like a st [...]

    8. Genre: Picture book (non-fiction)Copyright: 2016Age level of interest: 5-8 yrs oldReading level: K-3 grade and upBrief Description:This non-fiction picture book teaches the reader about otters and how they love to play. Starts in the spring and takes you through four seasons with a playful story and fun facts.Two Characteristics:Setting: We see a family of otters living and playing through the seasons. Each season is beautifully depicted through water colors and is essential to the telling of bo [...]

    9. I paired Otters Love to Play with the twin text Close at Heart: A Sea Otter Story by Jill Turner 2015. This could be used for a science content crossover. I choose this book because it is a fun way to learn about animals we often don't hear about. In order to connect these books I can use the Venn Diagram strategy. These books have many different facts to use a Venn Diagram. You could split up the 2 circles into Otters and Humans and how we are different to them. The middle box could be how we a [...]

    10. A fun nonfiction choice! The main text describes and explains how otters love to play. Secondary text offers more facts and information. Not quite multi-genre since the narrative text is realistic and factual, but it has a multi-genre feel. Animal lovers will delight in this amusing introduction to otters. Recommended for grades K - 2.

    11. I am so excited for more books such as this! The larger text makes this book more readable for the younger ages and the extra facts are there for when the older students want to know more. Plus, the illustrations are fantastic.

    12. Otters are my favorite animal and I still learned new things from this book. I think this book is interesting and informative. Plus, the pictures are adorable! I also enjoyed watching the seasons change as the book went on. I will likely add this to my personal collection.

    13. Playful, expressive, and inviting watercolors. Both main narrative and informational asides are fun and interesting.

    14. A fun picture book accompanied by accurate (non-fiction) information for those interested in learning even more about otters.

    15. Jonathan London manages to combine important facts about North American River Otters with the reason otters are so popular. The variation of fonts makes this title accessible for a variety of readers, for example the bold message for young readers reads, "OTTERS LOVE TO PLAY!" For readers seeking more sophisticated details a smaller font describes other activities, " When otters aren't busy frolicking or hunting, they scent-mark the area near home to warn intruders away." With an index and an af [...]

    16. I love this nonfiction picture book that takes us through a year in the life of the playful otter. We start in the spring when the baby otters are born, and from the beginning, otters love to play! As the author takes us through each season, we learn about their homes, how their bodies are adapted for all kinds of weather in the water, how they hunt, and lots of other information. Each page also includes more detailed information in stylized type. There is an index in the back of the book, makin [...]

    17. This book tells the lifecycle and activities of otters. It's non-fiction told in story form essentially. It's cute, but not exactly what I was expecting. If you're looking to teach your children about a new animal, this book would be great. We enjoyed it, but didn't love it.Ages 4-8momsradius/2017/02/juv

    18. Little more than a stone's throw from the cottage there is a dock on the river. In the summer an otter can be seen scampering up the launch from the water and running along the grassy easement. The dock, retaining wall, rocks and fence are items in this creature's playground. As agile as an Olympic gymnast it moves to its own music providing entertainment for all who watch.For months year after year this otter will arrive day after day. In Otters Love to Play (Candlewick Press, March 22, 2016) w [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. Jonathan London takes us along with otter pups as they grow through a year of seasons, learn valuable life lessons like swimming and hunting, and never stop playing. Subtext give another easy-to-follow layer of information, and back matter provides even more. Meilo So's kinetic watercolor illustrations assure children 4-8 will wiggle in their seats as they watch the otters roll and frolick, even when they are grown! Children will also come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for th [...]

    21. Not at all what I was expecting. Popular author of the Froggy series but this is about otters. Which is why I wanted to read it but it is more like a science lesson with otter facts on most of its pages than a story. The story part just keeps repeating otter love to play. Pictures are colorful but for me not a book I'll read again.

    22. Two types of text: large font with general information supported by smaller text with additional info on most pages. Close up watercolor illustrations bring the reader almost face-to-face with a year of a typical otter family.Backmatter includes an index and info about several different species.

    23. This book is a book just plain and simply about otters and their habits and cute little ways of life. I think this book is great at explaining how otters are and what they do in their daily life, its fun and interactive. This book would be great in social work for explaining how all animals are different as well as people are different!

    24. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book. There was also nothing *great* about this book. The fonts for "science text" and "kid-friendly" text were a smidge too similar, and I'm not sure if the content really justified having an index page. But other than that, it's a standard lesson about animal lives and habits.

    25. A combination of two texts provide solid information about otters, including predators babies, and importance of play for these animals. There is also an index for quick reference. Illustrations are lovely, though young children love to see actual photographs.

    26. A beautifully illustrated picture book that seems to capture the otters' love of play both in its visual aesthetic and the sounds of the text. Lots of onomatopoeic words make reading aloud fun, and lots of facts alongside the story text make learning about otters easy.

    27. Explore the world of otters in read aloud friendly text supported by factual scientific text full of all sorts of neat information about some of the cutest animals alive.Watercolor illustrations are just as playful as the title promises. Highly recommended for sharing with PreK-2+.

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