Sea Otter Inlet: Book Review and Activities

Inside: Sea Otter Inlet Book Review and Activities

Looking for a fabulous book about otters?  You’ll love Sea Otter Inlet.

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 great sea otter info at National Geographic.

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

(3) Visit the Vancouver Aquarium to see some live cams of sea otters.

(4) Visit Art Projects for Kids and learn how to draw your own sea otter.

(5) Sea Otter Savvy has some colouring pages plus lots more fun activities!

(6) ThoughCo. has some interesting otter facts and pictures.

Jelly Fish Craft

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

How to Make a Jelly Fish

  1. Cut a light weight paper plate in half. Then cut out the middle.
  2. Decorate the paper plate with stickers, crayons, fingerpaint … whatever you like.
  3. Fill a small baggie with gel and glitter. Be sure to seal it tightly! I used lots of tape.
  4. Attach baggie to paper plate (see picture above).
  5. Attach tissue crepe paper rolls for the tentacles.

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10 thoughts on “Sea Otter Inlet: Book Review and Activities”

  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

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  2. 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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