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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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PreS-Gr. 2. After Baby Sea Otter is born, its mother must feed and groom the pup and protect it from dangerous predators. Mother also teaches her pup to hunt for food and use stones to crack open clams. When the pup is three years old, it is ready to mate and soon has pups of its own to feed and groom. Colorful collages, created from delicately hand-painted and textured papers, bring the details in the text to life, showing the kelp bed that keeps the baby from drifting away, the shells the otters eat, and the careful attention the mother gives her offspring. Informative and entertaining, this is an excellent resource to introduce young children to sea otters. Additional information is appended in "Sea Otter Facts." Karen HuttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved