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Book: Good Night, Little Sea Otter
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: Wish Williams
Publisher: Star Bright Books, 2010
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Halfmann, Janet. Good Night, Little Sea Otter (published in 2010 by Star Bright Books, 20-19 Forty-eighth Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101). If you were a baby sea otter, to whom would you want to say good night before going to sleep? It is time for Little Sea Otter to go to bed, but he tries to postpone it as long as possible by saying good night to everybody imaginable–the harbor seals, the sea lions, the seagull, the fish in the water, and all the creatures under the sea. Did he forget anyone? Are there others to whom he might say good night? And will he ever get to sleep?
Children love to see otters. They are among the most playful and fascinating animals to watch. And children love bedtime stories. What a perfect combination! The gentle, soothing text by author Janet Halfmann, who was inspired while writing a magazine article set in a kelp forest along California’s coast, and the gorgeous seascape illustrations by Wish Williams will help wee ones to join Little Sea Otter as they settle down for night time and snuggle into their cozy beds. This is a charming tale that is good for bedtime or anytime, and it gets high praise from me.