Otters: River or Sea? A Compare and Contrast Book

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Otters: River or Sea? A Compare and Contrast Book
Perhaps you’ve seen an otter swimming and playing at a zoo or aquarium, but do you know how do these amazing animals live in the wild? Most are found in freshwater habitats, while others make their home in coastal kelp forests or can be found feeding along rocky shores. There are many similarities between river otters and sea otters, but there are also vast differences. Explore fascinating facts about these playful, aquatic mammals, meet the species, and awe at adorable photos in this latest installment of the Compare and Contrast Book series.

Written by Cathleen McConnell
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 4 - 9, Grades K - 3, Lexile: 990, F&P: O
Paperback 9781643519784 $10.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781638170822 $11.95  
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Keywords:   animal anatomy & adaptations, physical adaptations, compare and contrast
Animals in the book:   sea otters, river otters
Vetters:   Thanks to Lesley Wright of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Otter Specialists Group for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Books in this "Compare and Contrast Series" include:


Otters: River or Sea? is the most straightforward of the bunch, placing the two different mustelids side by side to compare their physiology, habitats, and family groups. - Booklist

As is consistent with this series, the photos are the stars, showcasing the similarities and differences among these 13 adorable species. - Kirkus Reviews

"Otters are like puppies of the water. Look at those boopable noses! Otters: River or Sea? A Compare and Contrast Book, like Penguins, is about the similarities and differences between river and sea otters: their habitats, their physiology; appearance; eating habits, and social habits. Readers will love the colorful photos of otters at play, with their babies, in groups, and in action, and fun facts and easy-to-read writing make this a fun way to learn." - Mom Read It

Author/Illustrator Info:

Cathleen McConnell lloves all animals—especially those that live in the ocean. Having the opportunity to share her excitement for other marine life with visitors is what inspired her to pursue a career in zoo and aquarium education. Currently, as part of her job with the Conservation Engagement team at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Cathleen runs all kinds of family programs including day camps and “Zoo Snooze” overnight experiences. Over the years she has taught countless children about the wonders of wildlife when they have visited on field trips, or as part of an outreach program at their school. In addition to writing curriculum for teachers, Cathleen has also written Otters: River or Sea? A Compare and Contrast Book for Arbordale. She hopes the books will get kids excited to learn more about animals and how each is uniquely adapted to survive in their natural environment. Cathleen lives in Washington state with her three cats and two guinea pigs. When she can, she also fosters guinea pigs in need of adoption through a local rescue group.


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