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If you take away the otter ocean picturebook

If You Take Away the Otter

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On the Pacific Coast of North America, sea otters play, dive, and hunt for sea urchins, crabs, abalone, and fish in the lush kelp forests beneath the waves. But there was a time when people hunted the otters almost to extinction. Without sea otters to eat them, an army of hungry sea urchins grew and destroyed entire kelp forests. Fish and other animals that depended on the kelp were lost, too. But when people protected the sea otters with new laws, their numbers began to recover, and so did the kelp forests.

This is the perfect real-life story to teach how interconnected life is using the beloved keystone species, the otter. 



  • Written by Susannah Buhrman-Deever and Illustrated by Matthew Trueman.
  • Published by Candlewick Press, May 26, 2020.
  • Ages 5 to 8 years
  • 0.6" H x 11.5" L x 9.9" W (1.2 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover


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