Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Animal Lives

Sandy Ransford; Bert Kitchen



Trade Paperback

Down among the weeds and pebbles of the river bed, the otter is swimming home. Fast as a fish, nimble as an eel, she moves with joy through the water. Like the otter itself, the text of this informative story moves with poetic grace, offering children a privileged look at the life of this appealing and elusive riverbank animal. Discover how long it can stay under water before coming up for air, how its webbed feet and long sleek body make it such a rapid swimmer, and how it keeps its young safe from predators! Richly detailed artwork and an absorbing text make this an excellent gift or a treasured addition to any child's wildlife library.


Praise for Otter

“This charmingly illustrated book portrays the life cycle of the river otter in a realistic way...The entertaining and informative story introduces new vocabulary and is ideal for reading aloud to the class. ” —Children's Literature

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About the author

Sandy Ransford; Bert Kitchen

Sandy Ransford has over 30 books for children to her credit. These include titles on horses and riding, dogs, fashion for kids, and conservation - as well as many activity, game and puzzle books. She is the author of all of the books in the Kingfisher Riding Club series - First Riding Lessons, Horses & Ponies, Horse & Pony Breeds, and Horse & Pony Care - as well as Horse & Pony Factfile.

Sandy Ransford

Bert Kitchen

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