Otter—the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter, Otter in Space, and Otter Loves Halloween!, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—goes to school for the first time!
I remember when Brooke first started preschool and she would spend hours on the weekends playing pretend school. She would use my yoga mats for ‘nap mats’, her play kitchen food for snack time, and she always had books on hand for reading time. I would listen in sometimes as she told an imaginary child to ‘clean up their mess, please’ or to tell the ghost children to share. She made up some of the most hilarious names including the two that stuck around the longest pre-elementary school, the interesting siblings called Turkey and Sally. Sally was much smaller than Turkey, very shy, and was not so good at spelling. Turkey was the older big kid who thought he knew how to do everything better than anyone – even the teacher! Bob and I found Brooke’s pretend school to be quite entertaining and adorable and we learned we had to step over all the various yoga mats so we didn’t hurt the fake kids! HA. Why am I talking about this? Well, because Brooke and I just read the new book called Otter Goes to School and it reminded me of Brooke as a preschooler!
In Otter Goes to School, Otter wants to be clever like her Otter Keeper and she learns that her friend is so smart because he goes to SCHOOL. While Otter can’t go to his friend’s REAL school, she cleverly decides that she would start her own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of her stuffed animal friends. Otter thought she would be an excellent teacher and they would have lots of fun….except Teddy isn’t cooperating with Otter and she thinks she is a disaster of a teacher. Luckily, Otter Keeper comes to the rescue and teaches everyone the best lesson of all! This is a fun book about learning in school and perfect for new preschoolers and kindergartners!
About the Author/Illustrator: Sam Garton is the author and illustrator of many stories about Otter and her world, both in books and online. He lives in London. You can visit Otter at www.iamotter.co.uk.
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