- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Lexile Measure: AD660L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Orchard Books (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545061636
- ISBN-13: 978-0545061636
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little By Little Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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PreSchool-K—Otto the otter is writing down the things he can and can't do, and even though the first side of his list is longer, the one item on his "I CAN'T DO" list makes him very sad: he wants, more than anything, to swim. With encouragement from his sister, he starts small, first hopping on the riverbed, then starting to float, then learning to splash and kick—and finally he is able to jump from the Highest-Ever Rock and swim in the Deepest-Ever Pool below. The message will resonate with children learning this skill and others "little by little," and Marlow's expressive watercolor and ink illustrations will capture their interest. The real star here, however, is the peppy text, which bounces along with all the energy of Otto rolling through the water.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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About the Author
Layn Marlow has worked on many great children's books, including Amber Stewart's HOW MANY SLEEPS?, I'M BIG ENOUGH, and LITTLE BY LITTLE. She lives in England with her husband and two children.
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It's a fairly simple story (an otter that can't swim), and pretty predictable. But that doesn't take away from the sweetness of the story and the absolutely adorable pictures!! It's somewhat like the "Little Engine That Could" idea, that you can do anything so long as you set your mind to it - only the moral in this book focuses on taking things is tiny steps to reach your goal.
Totally worth the read, if for nothing else but the pictures!