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 Otter loves Easter! (Otter)
 Author: Garton, Sam

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [24] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 368992 ISBN: 9780062366672
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Easter -- Fiction
 Otters -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $16.79

Otter celebrates Easter with a little too much chocolate and a lot of creativity.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 187890

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/17)
   School Library Journal (02/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—In Otter's latest escapade, a visit from the Easter Bunny prompts a lesson on sharing. When Otter discovers the bounty she's been left, she's ecstatic—chocolate eggs, jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, and more. Otter Keeper encourages his ward to share the wealth with her stuffed bear, giraffe, and pig, but Otter can't bring herself to part with her goodies. After gorging on her candies, Otter nurses a stomachache and grapples with feelings of guilt. However, with a little help from Otter Keeper, the intrepid little creature soon makes things right. Garton has presented another absolutely charming installment in the series. Otter is entirely relatable to children: though she's always well-meaning, mischief has a way of finding her. Her whimsical, chipper perspective infuses the text with life ("But sharing is very hard. Because eating chocolate is very easy."). The digitally rendered illustrations have an appealing softness to them, from pudgy Otter to the brightly colored toys and objects in the household. As in previous titles, there's plenty of humor that results from the contrast between Otter's upbeat, child-centric narration and the actual events depicted (for instance, during the egg hunt that Otter organizes, the sentence, "Teddy found an egg under the bucket" is paired with an image of Otter uncovering the egg while holding her floppy stuffed bear). VERDICT Another delightful romp with Otter. Purchase where there are fans of the series or where materials on Easter or sharing are needed.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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