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Beaver and Otter Get Along...Sort of

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The illustrations are very charming with realistic nature colors and animals with very expressive faces.
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This is a Non-Fiction Children's Book that I read to my twin boys. This book shows how much beavers really do, and what happens when they built a pond. It also shows how different beavers and otters are. It shows that even if you do not like you neighbors you can still get a long because everyone does things differently. I really loved this book's pictures. Great children's book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Dawn Publications) or author (Sneed Collard) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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There are many reasons to read Sneed B. Collard’s Beaver and Otter Get Along…Sort Of with your kids. You should read it because the watercolor illustrations are gorgeous. You should read it because the information is factual and written in the perfect way to get kids interested and hooked on science. You should read it because even though we may all be different and do things differently, we all have a place. You should read it because you don’t have to like everyone to live respectfully.
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Beaver and Otter Get Along...Sort of is a beautifully illustrated very simple story of life in and around a stream habitat and the lives of the animals who live there. Due out 7th Sept 2021 from Sourcebooks Kids, it's 40 pages and will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. 

Beaver finds the perfect place to make his home. He works until he is satisfied with his safe and comfy lodge. With his construction, a pond forms which attracts all kinds of new animals who make their homes in the area, including a family of otters. They're very active and sometimes make holes in Mr. & Mrs. Beaver's dam which the beavers spend a lot of time trying to repair. Can they learn to be neighbors? 

The text in this short book is easy to read and understand. The art is beautifully rendered and full of small details which will also provide fun for hunt-and-find play during reading time.

Four stars. This would make a superlative choice for public or classroom library acquisition, home library, or for caregivers/childminders.  

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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I've always loved beavers ever since I did a report on them in elementary school and always looked for them in the ODNR area of the Ohio State Fair!  This was a delightful introduction for young children on beavers and how they can create whole new ecosystems just by building a dam!  It was an interesting take to focus on their love-hate relationship with otters, and I even learned something new:  "commensal relationships" between animals where one helps the other but not vice versa.  I really liked that not only does this book teach science, but also interpersonal relationship skills.  I appreciated the added info at the back that can be used as a teaching aid.  Also, I absolutely loved the illustrations!
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A wonderful book about the Beaver, their lives and how they get along with the Otter family. I really loved the illustrations beautifully colored. It adds to the wonderment of the book and the naturalistic illustrations. I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages. Thanks to #netgalley for the advanced reader copy. I loved it!
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This book is a book about getting along,.. sort of. But is also a book about animal adaptations and habitats and life cycles. What an educational treat.
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This is a lovely and informative children’s book with beautiful, expressive, and scientifically accurate watercolour illustrations by the Rhode-Island-School-of-Design-trained artist Meg Sodano. The bulk of the book is dedicated to the story of Beaver’s arrival in a valley with a quick-moving stream. Over a period of a few weeks, he builds a dam, transforming the stream into a pond. He also constructs a lodge. In no time, a female beaver comes along . . . as does an otter . . . and then more otters. Other animals are also attracted to this hospitable new place. 

In general, the other animals don’t much bother Beaver. But the otters? They’re a source of considerable irritation and extra work for him. The otters cavort on his lodge during the winter, sliding down its slopes on their backs. They also repeatedly create gaping holes in the dam, dropping the water level of the pond, forcing Beaver to come out multiple times to perform repair work. When the otters get too close to Beaver and his mate’s kits, he hisses and charges. The otters get the message—sort of, and Beaver learns to tolerate the otters—sort of.

The story of Beaver and the otters illustrates what is meant by a “commensal relationship” in nature, where animals, though occasionally annoyed by each other, ultimately get along, live and let live. 

In the last few pages of the book, Collard describes some of the unique features of beavers and river otters. While I knew both could close their ears and nostrils while under water, I wasn’t aware that they have clear eyelids that serve as goggles when the animals are immersed. Collard also discusses the tails, feet, and teeth of these creatures, and the reasons for some of their behaviours. There’s even an explanation as to why otters create gaps in beaver dams. Ecological terms are also mentioned and explained: biodiversity, keystone species, and indicator species.

The book includes read-aloud guidance for parents and teachers, activities, websites, and a list of four other books for children to read.

<i><b>Beaver and Otter Get Along . . . Sort Of</i></b> is a gem.
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I enjoyed this book.  Kids will learn a bit about how beavers and otters live, but the majority of the book deals with a beaver being upset with an otter.  I appreciated that the beaver and otter don’t become friends, but they learned how to live with each other.  Too often, children’s books are “they were bitter enemies and then became best friends,” which isn’t real life.  This shows kids how to get along with people they might not like.
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Interesting and amusing story of the interaction of beavers and otters. I think littles who love animals will enjoy hearing and reading this book. Loads of info at the end about the relationship between beavers, otters, and the environment . I had no idea otters could discern water quality!
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