CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 14 . . . . December 9, 2016
As author, conservationist and photographer, Suzi Eszterhas has produced many wildlife books for children. This is the third in the 'Wildlife Rescue' series that deals with the rehabilitation of a variety of animals in distress. Here, her camera is focussed on the work of the highly trained professional staff and volunteers at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward who come to the aid of orphaned sea-otters. In the process, the reader learns much about these remarkable animals that are particularly challenging to care for and whose population is in decline because of various environmental factors.
The book's contents are formatted as a series of double-page spreads, each of which includes short half-page chapters illustrated with heartwarming pictures of truly adorable creatures. Topics include the pups' initial and ongoing checkups, diet, sea-otter communication, and much more. Also included are a glossary, and index, a Q and A section, and a segment on conservation wherein readers are encouraged to take their own steps to protect wildlife.
With its attractive layout, cuteness factor, conversational text and myriad photos, Sea Otter Rescue will appeal to children aged seven to twelve who will be fascinated by the information presented. In addition, the dedication and diligence of the Center staff in restoring these helpless bundles of fur to health will inspire. The staff make such huge efforts to imitate the presence of the mother and the baby animal's normal habitat. Eventually, sea-otters unable to be released to the wild are sent to aquariums or zoos where they provide learning opportunities for children who may never otherwise see this lovely animal.
Sea Otter Rescue is an enticing addition to library and personal collections, and it is gratifying that a portion of the royalties from this title are to be donated to the SeaLife Center.
Aileen Wortley, a retired librarian, lives in Toronto, ON.
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