Sea Otter Rescueby Suzi Eszterhas (Photographs)

Published September 13th 2016 by Owlkids Books

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: Sea Otter Rescue is the third in the four-book Wildlife Rescue series. Each book introduces a species of animal in danger somewhere in the world and profiles a rescue center that helps it. Stunning photos by award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas give readers a rare view of these endearing creatures and the high level of care they receive.

Sea Otter Rescue invites readers inside the Alaska SeaLife Center on the shores of Resurrection Bay in the town of Seward, Alaska. It explores how sea otters become orphaned or hurt and the process of healing and rehabilitating them. It also highlights the people who work at the clinic and how they aid the animals.

Other special features include a map showing the sea otter’s native habitat range and an index, a glossary, sources, and an author Q&A based on common questions from kids. An author’s note introduces readers to small-scale ways in which even they can help with sea otter conservation.

A portion of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Alaska SeaLife Center.

My Review: Sea Otters are an endangered species, native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. While many people never see a Sea Otter in the wild, they are out there. When a sea otter is injured or washed ashore (usually young ones) one place where they are taken and looked after is  the Alaska Sea Life Center, located on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. This book details how they are taken care of and rehabilitated. Author Suzi Eszterhas an award winning Wildlife photographer who takes us on a tour of this facility and shares the sea otter’s rescue and rehab. The end of the book talks about conservation, as well as what we can do to save wildlife (i.e. reducing pollutants, cleaning up rivers and streams etc.). The photographs that accompany the text are wonderful. You just want to grab on and give these animals a great big hug. I can see children wanting a sea otter as a pet after they read this book. I love that a portion of the royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Alaskan Sea Life Center. A great book for animal lovers, those interested in endangered species and conservationists.  This is a children’s book, but I learned things from it that I did not know.  I recommend this book to be in all school libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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