The Otter – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels


51zly8kjxl   The Otter (Lighthouse Family – Volume 6) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels, Beach Lane Books, 9781481460453, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book?  I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 6- The Otter, the Lighthouse family and their entire community must band together and rescue Dottie, the sea otter who has been trapped in a sailor’s net at an abandoned ship. Seabold takes the children in “Adventure” his boat to coordinate a daring sea rescue with saw fish, dolphins and even illuminating jelly fish. Cooperation and knowing how to use each special talent of their friends bring about a successful rescue. In generous gratitude, the otters return to the lighthouse, making toys and planters for the family. We are reunited with old friends and welcome the Lighthouse family’s newest friends, Dottie and Dooley Otter. The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 6, you are intimately connected to this family and look forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 6- The Otter to families and children that have been introduced to the  series, love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.  They also instill a love of the nature and how we all coexist in it.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02673

Date of review: December 22, 2016

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