Synopses & Reviews
Itand#8217;s easy to find joy in a playful, agile creature that enjoys sliding on its belly. River otters are among the most adorable, charismatic animals in North America, and with a territory that spans the continent, theyand#8217;re a far-reaching favorite.and#160;Ollieand#8217;s First Year
and#160;is a lively wildlife adventure that captures the wonder and delight elicited by the playful otter.
The book follows Ollie the Otter through a year of new experiences, from swimming lessons to foraging practice, and through capers with his littermates. His budding knowledge of the world is put to the test when he is separated from his family and must travel through the forest alone. Luckily, a joyful reunion with his family awaits.
Longtime childrenand#8217;s book author Jonathan London and well-known Alaska illustrator Jon Van Zyle team up again to bring Ollieand#8217;s story to life with vibrant illustrations and text perfect for ages two to six. Notes about otter biology and habitat along with tips for keeping their environment safe will not only teach younger readers about wildlife but inspire them to protect it as well.
andldquo;The text by London is gently educational about the life cycle of these beloved animals, showing it through the playful behavior of Ollie. He splashes his way in and out of the river and even gets briefly lost for a bit of drama.andrdquo;
Under the watchful eye of their mother on the shore, two otter pups glide, dive, hunt and explore their underwater world. Arnosky's watercolor illustrations deftly entice even reluctant, landlocked readers into his aquatic underworld." --Publishers Weekly
Readers follow Ollie, a river otter, from birth through his first year. Ollie cavorts and capers with his littermates as they learn how to swim and forage. Events take an exciting turn when heand#8217;s separated from his family and must travel through the forest alone. The joyful reunion leads to hibernation at the end of the year.
Well-known childrenand#8217;s book author Jonathan London adds biological details at the end of the book that complement Jon Van Zyleand#8217;s vibrant, realistic paintings.
About the Author
Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water
was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear
was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits and Raindrops
, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”
Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Table of Contents
Ollieandrsquo;s First Year