Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Otter and Odder: A Love Story

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review - Otter and Odder: A Love Story

About the Book
When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.

The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew. "Impossible," he said. "I am in love with my food source." As for Myrtle, her first desire was: Please don’t eat me. But soon her heart awakened to a future she could never have imagined. The inseparable duo played hide-and-seek and told each other stories, but everyone said that was not the way of the otter. Could their love (and Myrtle) possibly survive? Aided by Chris Raschka’s illustrations in a fresh faux-naïf style, James Howe tells a warm, witty tale about finding kindred spirits in the oddest of places-and having the good sense to keep them.

My Take on the Book
The story line of this story is an interesting one. It shows the unlikely friendship between and otter and a fish (The fish is usually the food source of the otter). It becomes a "love "story between the two animals as they learn about each other and do things together. Otter's friends try to discourage him in this relationship . It is Beaver to delivers the wisdom to assist Otter in his decision of whether or not to continue his friendship with the fish. There is more to this story than meets the eye. To me the story illustrates that we can appreciate the individual differences of those we meet. We can learn to compromise and find common ground. It is possible to love someone who is different from you in every way. Otter learned to listen to his heart. We need to give our children opportunities to move forward in exploring new relationships with those who are different from us. I feel this book can be used to open up an avenue of discussion even for the youngest child. One book can make the difference in peaceful friendship in our life, community and maybe our world.

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