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DO UNTO OTTERS by Laurie Keller


A Book About Manners

by Laurie Keller & illustrated by Laurie Keller

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7996-8
Publisher: Henry Holt

When a dubious rabbit discovers his new neighbors, a family of otters, a helpful owl prompts him to think about ways to ensure they’ll all get along. “Treat otters the same way I’d like otters to treat me? . . . I’d like otters to be friendly. A cheerful hello, a nice smile, and good eye contact are all part of being friendly.” Being polite, saying thank you and excuse me, being honest and considerate and cooperative all follow as traits and behaviors the rabbit would like to see, accompanied by examples of each, setting the stage for amicable neighborly relations. Keller’s animals cavort across the page in a pleasingly varied design, the humor in their bug eyes and big noses helping to keep the tone light. Aiding this is a generous helping of silliness in the examples of good behavior—included among the enumeration of considerate actions is “helping neighbors untangle ears.” While kids may well have encountered the Golden Rule elsewhere, this explanation and elaboration nicely unifies what might otherwise seem like a dreary list of manners. This lively book is anything but. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)