Otter Loves Easter!

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Otter learns to share in cute holiday tale.

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Educational Value

Shows the trappings of Easter eggs, candies and an Easter egg hunt. 

Positive Messages

Sharing can be hard, but it's the right thing to do. If you eat too much candy, you could feel sick.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Otter gobbles up all the chocolate eggs and candy himself, but then feels bad about not sharing and creates a nice Easter egg hunt for his toy friends. When he makes a mistake, he tries to make amends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this holiday-themed picture book is another in Sam Garton's I Am Otter series, in which an adorable, self-entertaining otter with an active imagination plays with her stuffed animals if they were live friends rather than inanimate objects. Here, after she eats all the chocolate Easter eggs and other candies without sharing them with her toy friends, she imagines herself "saving" Easter by hiding eggs for them. And then she imagines they express their gratitude by sharing them wth her. It's a cute message about sharing, even though Otter gets all the eggs in the end.

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What's the story?

OTTER LOVES EASTER! begins when Otter wakes up on Easter morning to find Easter eggs, chocolate eggs, a gold-foil-wrapped bunny, jelly beans, and more at the end of her bed. She shares the tally with Otter Keeper, the man she lives with, who insists that Otter share the haul with her friends. "But sharing is very hard," Otter reflects. "Because eating chocolate is very easy." By the time Otter Keeper calls her to breakfast, Otter has eaten all the candy and feels sick. "All the eggs were in my tummy, and my friends hadn't gotten any." She decides someone has to "save Easter," so she puts on some bunny ears and becomes "the Easter Otter!" She decorates and hides eggs for her friends to find, and they have "the best Easter egg hunt ever!" Then, says Otter, "to say thank you," Teddy, Giraffe, and Pig "did something very kind. They decided to share their eggs with me."

Is it any good?

Once again, Otter is cute and vulnerable in this charming story about how hard it can be to share. Otter Loves Easter! gives a holiday twist to Otter's struggle not to be selfish -- and gluttonous. With the help of Otter Keeper and her stuffed animals, which she relates to as if they were friends, she learns her lesson.

As usual, the illustrations of Otter and her toys are irresistible. Especially adorable is the image of Otter in fluffy bunny ears and cottontail. An extra nice touch: pastel yellow, lavender, and turquoise Easter egg-patterned endpapers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the imaginary play in Otter Saves Easter!. What kinds of games do you make up with your toys? 

  • Why is it important to share with your friends? What can happen if you don't share.

  • Have you ever eaten so much candy you felt sick? Why is it hard to stop? 

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