Title: Sea Otter Inlet
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.