Do Unto Otters

Okay, so how many more reading days are there before Christmas?? In this last post of the year, I want to thank the readers and subscribers for joining me in this cyber conversation! I have learned a lot—for an old broad—and look forward to becoming more educated about blogs and books so we can more successfully spread the word about how fun reading can be for kids.

Before we sing auld lang syne, I want to share with you two of my most favoritest books this year! Caveat: both these authors are known to me and are my friends. So you can take it with a grain of salt if you want, but, honey, these are good books no matter what kind of rabble they hang around with.

otters.jpgThe first is Laurie Keller’s Do Unto Otters (Holt, $16.95). If you don’t know Laurie’s work, get thee to a bookstore or library and start reading! Her Scrambled States of America is the ur book on geography. The thing about Laurie is she has that wonderful brand of humor you see in good kids’ movies. Makes kids giggle and grown-ups chuckle, too. And reading is fun when it’s funny! Laurie manages to convey funny, educational content in a zany package with about a thousand things going on in each page. It really appeals to me.

 The delightful story begins with a hare that has some new neighbors. They are not hares just like him. They are—gasp!—otters. The hare doesn’t know anything about otters. What do they like? Will they be good neighbors? What if they don’t get along? An owl—in plaid pants and a maroon jacket—reminds the hare of an old saying: “Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you.” The result of this advice puts the hare in a zany reverie, wondering just how he would like to be treated, and how otters would like to be treated as well. It’s fun and funny and thought-provoking, and will bring spark great conversations with kids.

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