Book five in the Secret Life series
Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky.
Boyds Mill Press. An imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers. 2022
This new title, book five, in their Secret Life series follows the life of a female sea otter. Using their Latin name, Enhydra lutris, readers will follow Lutris as she goes about her life. From sleeping, finding food to giving birth and caring for her young, Pringle is a master at weaving a visual narrative with scientific facts.
After a nap and a grooming, our sea otter is hungry. “She dives down, down, down into the secret watery world of the kelp forest, where these plants hold fast to the sea floor. Kelp is a habitat of many creatures. Fish, squid, octopuses, crabs, snails, clams, mussels, sea stars, and sea urchins live there. Since Lutris is a predator, she has favorite animals to eat (prey).”
Copied from actual photographs, Garchinsky's digital illustrations created in Procreate fill every inch of the page. Lush and full of color, readers will be fascinated by these amazing creatures.
Additional information about Sea Otters, a glossary, and bibliography rounds out this enjoyable informational picture book.