Sea Otter Inlet

It's Perfect Picture Book Friday again!



Author & Illustrator: Celia Godkin

Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1997

Intended Audience: 6 years and up

Topic: (Non-fiction) Kelp bed ecology, otters

Synopsis (from Amazon): "Award-winning author/illustrator Celia Godkin explores the world of the sea otter and its integral relationship to the kelp forest in this beautiful information picture book. Starting with a single act of human intervention, the consequences of an imbalanced ecosystem are described, step-by-step ... Sea Otter Inlet is both a lesson in ecology and an inspiring story of survival."

Opening: "In a long arm of the sea, hemmed in by land on either side, lived a colony of sea otters. The sea otters lived their whole lives in the waters of this inlet. They dived in the deep seaweedy forests of kelp, looking for good things to eat. They dined on crabs and shellfish, on sea stars and octopi, but their favorite food of all was the spiny purple sea urchin."

Why I Chose This Book:  I love that it's very factual, yet reads more like a story book. The illustrations, done in water colour and coloured pencil, are extremely appealing. The text is simple, succinct, and jam-packed full of information. It's very important for children (and adults, too!) to understand how our actions impact the environment. This book does a beautiful job of getting this message across.

Links to Resources:
1. Ms. Godkin has a teacher guide that is full of information and activities. This guide is a real treasure!

2. You can find some gorgeous photos, slides and videos at Arkive.


Look closely ... can you see the mom holding her pup?

You can visit Susanna's blog for more perfect picture books!



This has nothing to do with otters, but I wanted to share the extremely cute jellyfish my class made today.


You can find the directions at Kindergarten Khronicles.

HAPPY FRIDAY!



10 comments

  1. You get the cute award - otters (who by holding hands when they sleep win major cuteness points) and those jellyfish in one post. And throw in a good book on top of that!
    Happy Friday

    sandi
    rubber boots and elf shoes

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  2. This book has JOANNA written all over it -- she's going to love this! (I do, too.) Thanks for sharing, Barbara!

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  3. Oh, we love sea otters. The have otters at our aquarium, and we could spend hours watching them. Thanks for this beautiful picture book!

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  4. I AM ALL OVER it! Just lovely! You are right, it doesn't get much cuter than sea otters, this looks wonderful!

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  5. Oh, Barbara, those little fellas are PrEcIoUs!! I just LOVE watching them at play. Thanks for another great lead!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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  6. Those Jelly Fish the kids made are Great !!

    Audrey

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  7. Sounds great, put it on hold already. What are in the jelly fish 'bags'?

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    1. Dollar store hair gel and lots of glitter :)

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  8. "Seaweedy" forests made me smile. My kiddo may not be interested in this story yet, but the illustrations will surely please him.

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  9. Lovely book about a topic we want our young children to become aware of. This is an especially great choice because June 5 is World Environment Day! Wonderful activities also, Barbara...and a great review. :)

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