Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

by Laurie Keller

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"Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you."—Socrates (the Greek philosopher), circa 470-399 B.C.

Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters.
But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends?
Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl.

In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor—simply follow the Golden Rule! This title has Common Core connections.

Do Unto Otters is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312581404
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 15,147
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children's book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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Do unto Otters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really cute and it's a cute way to start teaching children the golden rule. I know a lot of adults who need to read this book as well.
DBrady More than 1 year ago
My 5 1/2 year old loves this book on manners because of the humor. The plays on words make him laugh. I recommend this book as a very engaging way to help your kids understand the benefits of good manners, fair play, etc. It is also fun to read as an adult and it certainly gives you a light way to remind your children to share, etc. "remember the Otters!".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a creative twist on the golden rule. I loved reading this story to my son. He wanted me to read it over and over again. We also enjoyed the illustrations. This book made me smile. I love the way the author taught the meaning of the golden rule in a fun way without changing the meaning. This is the first time I have read a book by this author but now I want to find more of her books. I'm glad I bought this- book it's a keeper.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the illustrations - so packed with details and cute, cartoony, exaggerated animal faces. The author has a unique facility with language and punnage! And it's all wrapped up in a lesson about the golden rule and manners - really wonderful. Since some of the text is non-linear, however, I don't think it'd make a great read aloud for storytimes, unless you skipped some of the extraneous stuff. Also, the illustrations are small and detaily, making it hard to share with a large group.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids will find this story silly as the underline message of treating people the way you want to be treated is shared. The layout of text and variation in it's style, size and color draws the reader to words that emphasize how to treat others. The illustrations are cartoonish and the characters are expressive. Mr. Rabbit is nervous because his new neighbors are otters and he isn't sure how to treat them. An owl tells them about the golden rule. I agree that Keller does a great job of highlighting, "how to be a good friend and neighbor" and I highly recommend this as a read aloud to primary grade children.Age Appropriateness: Kindergarten- 3rd gradeKeller, L. (2007). Do unto otters. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
Hhawlk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book on the first or second day of school. It is a fun way to teach young students about character education and manners.
danusia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2 1/2 stars. Cute, book of manners. Cartoony creatures with huge eyes describe how they would like to be treated by a new neighbor guided by a wise old owl. Illustrations contain minute details that would be lost in a group setting. Alot of dialog going on-might be good for a reader's theater though.Good message for children and sense of humor will help to dispense the message. Lots of "play on words" that older readers would appreciate, not so much a kdg though. Better for reading alone or one on one. Nicely tied up at the end.
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NC_Dad More than 1 year ago
At first I did not think this book was particularly interesting, but I noticed my 3 year old son really seemed to catch the point of the book about being polite and considerate. He really enjoys listening to the book and will repeat many of the morals.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really funny book about a bunny and his next door neighbors, the otters. The bunny is really worried that his neighbors might be mean and forget their manners. I think this is a good book for ages 4-8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful mix of graphics, illustrations, and text. The review of manners and a positive approach as to how to interact with others especially those we don't know makes an impact on children. Without being preachy, the point of personal responsibility and community really comes across.