What child hasn’t wondered what
it would be like to be an animal,
able to hop, fly, or slither with
ease? After a trip to an aquarium,
Oliver decides he wants to be a
sea otter. Oliver tries to copy sea
otter behavior at meals, while
playing, during a trip to the store,
and at bath time. However, during
the course of the day, Oliver
discovers that he just doesn’t have the same adaptations. Being
an otter isn’t easy for a human.
What’s an otter—we mean, a
Connors' tender story captures a young child’s vivid imagination, but it is also a teacher’s dream, incorporating facts about otters in “snapshots” on each page, augmented by detailed science facts and activities in the backmatter, with permission to print. Jones’ delightful, expressive, and smooth-edged digital illustrations are an apt match with the text and add humor while also sliding in still more otter facts.
Deftly capitalizing on children’s predilection for imaginative play, this book neatly packs a solid informational punch.
Finalist in the 31st IBPA-Ben Franklin Awards - New Voices Category
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