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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the kinds of things that go on at school, from math and music class to story and nap time to gold stars and parent-teacher conferences.
Everyone is good at something -- you just need to find out what that something is. School is a place to learn things and have fun.
Positive Role Models
Otter is fun-loving, imaginative, and kind. Otter Keeper is understanding and supportive and helps Otter feel better and more secure when he's around.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Otter Goes to School is another book in Sam Garton's I Am Otter series, about an adorable Otter who lives with her Otter Keeper and plays with her toys (stuffed animals and a robot) in imaginative ways. This time, she decides to create a school for them at home, with her as teacher, so they can learn to be as "clever" as Otter Keeper. A fine choice for kids heading to kindergarten that will acquaint them with school routines and ease their jitters about other kids being better at school subjects and activities than they are.
Is It Any Good?
By expressing her own fears and anxieties through the inanimate toys around her, Otter gets a handle on her feelings in this reassuring tale about playing school. Give her a gold star for emotional intelligence.
Otter Goes to School reinforces the joys of imaginative play while also giving young kids a glimpse of classroom routines. It's perfect for little ones heading off to kindergarten who might worry that other students will be better at things than they are.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.