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Move over Emily Post: Do Unto Otters is a guide to manners that anyone would be delighted to follow. Here beloved children's author Laurie Keller brings the "Golden Rule" to life in the form of Mr. Rabbit and his new neightbors, the Otters, who animate every page with their well-behaved hijinks, showing kids that a simple "please" or "thank you" goes a long way in making friends. And, as a special treat for Amazon.com customers, Laurie Keller created the four delightful new drawings you'll find below illustrating her unique take on etiquette for the office. Enjoy!



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Grade 1–3—Mr. Rabbit is worried that he might not get along with his new neighbors. A wise owl gives him the advice, "Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you" and proceeds to explain what this means. Thus follows a listing of traits and qualities such as friendliness, politeness, honesty, consideration, cooperation, and sharing. Each one contains humorous examples of Mr. Rabbit and the Otters following those rules. Also included are samples of how to say certain phrases such as "Excuse me" and "Please" in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Pig Latin. Each page bursts with colorful illustrations and is scattered with words of different sizes and fonts. This simple story is certain to appeal to children.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312581408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312581404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Keller is a children's book author and illustrator of 8 books including The Scrambled States of America, Arnie the Doughnut and Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners which was Amazon.com's #1 Editors' Pick on their Best Books of 2007 List. Her latest book is the first in an early chapter book series, The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit. When Laurie isn't busy making books or traveling, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her Michigan home, hiking in the woods, playing banjo, cross-country skiing or splashing in Lake Michigan. You can find out more about Laurie at her website, www.lauriekeller.com (see attached diagram to learn how to draw Arnie the Doughnut!).

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on September 9, 2007
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I've never seen a better book to introduce children to good manners. This one uses a cute animal premise -- Mr. Rabbit doesn't know how to treat his new neighbors, who are otters -- to build a smart, spirited tale based on the Golden Rule. Each page spread teaches the value of a different type of behavior. One shows how it helps to be friendly, another one honest, another one apologetic. But the book is never preachy, and, in fact, barely serious. There are lots of visual and verbal gags, and the inspired artwork mixes the friendliness of the character designs in the movie Ratatouille with the wackiness of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Designed for years of use, the book has a reinforced binding, and a dust jacket that's printed with the same art as that on the cover itself.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Mills on November 12, 2007
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When I first saw this book I thoroughly enjoyed it, but wasn't sure how my granddaughter (4 years old) would react. Well, she loves it and asks for it over and over. The book is very clever, and has lots of little surprises that aren't immediately noticed, making rereading fun. I highly recommend this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Heggestad on October 29, 2007
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We are absolutely IN LOVE with Laurie Keller's books. We own, and read on a regular basis, each one. The Scrambled States of America, Open Wide Tooth School Inside, Arnie the Donut, Grandpa Gazillions Number Yard have all been favorites in our book collection. Do Unto Otters didn't dissapoint us! What a fun read! My son enjoys the references to other books hidden in the margins and back covers. Thanks Laurie, we can't wait for your next book!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Jonker on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
(Reviewer pulls out clipboard and pencil)

Alright everyone! Looks like we've got ourselves the new Laurie Keller book here. I'm just going to go down the list for a second to make sure everything is accounted for:

Aside-happy artwork that will take multiple readings to fully absorb? Check.

Voices given to usually nonspeaking main characters? Uh-huh.

Silliness in spades? Yep.

Clever storyline that will appeal to kids and adults alike? Well...

(Reviewer quietly puts clipboard and pencil down in order to speak frankly)

Well, you see, that's where I get just a bit hung up on this one. Let me explain.

Our story begins with Mr. Rabbit hopping through the woods, heading home to his comfortable tree hole. Once there, he runs into his new neighbors - the Otters. Mr. Rabbit is worried; he doesn't know much about otters and is nervous about how they will get along. To the rescue comes Mr. Owl, who provides a twist on the old golden rule. He asks Mr. Rabbit to list some of the good qualities he would like to see in Otters. Friendliness, honesty, and kindness all make the list, to name a few, with each characteristic illustrated in Keller's signature humorous fashion.

You see, Do Unto Otters is really more of a how-to guide than a story. And as a how-to, it succeeds - taking a subject of universal importance and making it fresh and entertaining. While it doesn't hit the highs I was anticipating, Do Unto Otters is still 4 out of 5 by me - nothing to mope about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. George on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Little late getting this delightful book. Showed it to my grandkids and read it myself...carefully so's not to miss anything. I like the sweetness of these characters and Laurie's ability to bring her message with fun in mind, but keeping the lesson true and easy to understand. Nothing to dislike in this wonderful book. Her great talent just grows and grows. It is fun that she always puts one of the characters from her previous book in the new one. Did you find it? One of Grandpa Gazillion's numbers dropped in to say, "Doo dee doo!" We are looking forward to more life lessons from this artist/writer.

J. George
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Masilon on August 28, 2008
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Do Unto Otters is one of our favorite books. Not only does it review good manners, but it gives great examples for the use of good manners. It is written in such a way that it really shows children the value of treating others as they wish to be treated. I also think it has helped my children feel more comfortable in new situations by giving them a real behavior code. Meeting other people seems to be less intimidating for them since we've gotten and read this book. It is well written and very nicely illustrated. I recommend it to everyone!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inez E. Dawes on October 24, 2008
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The message is clear and presented in myriad ways, much humor and some really clever art work. Read each page slowly and don't miss a word or a picture. Your kids and grandkids will demand many repeats. And you will have as much fun as they do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PurplePeopleEater on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Our family has just discovered Laurie Keller and her WONDERFUL gift/talent to teach children on many different subjects while they are laughing!! Her humor reminds me some of the talented people at Disney....that can write a kid's movie that EVERYONE finds funny. Some of the humor goes over the kids head but it's great for us adults reading to them. My boys(5 and 4) know many of the states....From The Scrambled United States. And on the occasion they forget their manners....I'll remind them Do Onto Otters!!!! If you and your children like humor, art and to learn at the same time....Laurie Keller is your author!!!
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