The Secret Life of the Sea Otter

Astra. May 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781635923254.
PreS-Gr 3–This extraordinary presentation opens the world of sea otters to young readers in a fascinating way. With an economy of well-chosen text that reveals the wonders of the saltwater habitat, master writer Pringle introduces Lutris, named for her scientific name. With Garchinsky’s artistic skill, they offer an appealing look into more than just her diet, physical features, motherhood, and predators. It is the why and how of her life that is not to be missed. Pringle explains the importance of sea otters in the ecosystem. The otter’s role as a keystone species points to how these animals protect the kelp beds and keep them healthy. Their importance will expand in the minds of children as they realize that the sea otter is still on the endangered list in California. This is a wonderful, unforgettable sea adventure which was carefully vetted by the California Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research expert. The back matter contains more information about sea otters, a glossary, and recommended reading.
VERDICT This is a juvenile nonfiction treasure; highly recommended to all libraries who serve children.

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