Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story
Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story
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Annotation: A picture book celebration of animal rescue is based on the true story of an orphaned sea otter who is helped by a loving rescuer to recover and flourish in a new home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Catalog Number: #181396
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Crowley, Ashley,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-250-11450-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-11450-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018949575
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Reidy-s story is loosely based on a real otter that was rescued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and initially identified as -681- before a naming contest made her an internet sensation. In Crowley-s loose, smudgy artwork, an aquarium worker on a surfboard discovers the tiny pup washed ashore. She takes the otter back to the aquarium, where she warms and feeds her, but after spending weeks living in the aquarium-s otter habitat, 681 becomes unwell: -The pup felt like she was back on the lonely sand beach. And no blanket of purple kelp could make it right.- The aquarium worker again nurses her back to health. Reidy-s anthropomorphizing of 681 is laid on thick (-Pup 681... That big, big number reminded her of that big, empty space in her tiny otter heart.-), but otter enthusiasts will likely enjoy the tender relationship between 681 and her attentive caregiver. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An abandoned baby sea otter is rescued and sent to live out her life in an aquarium—where she learns the deepest meaning of "family," in this tale inspired by a real-life rescued otter pup."When the moon slipped under the mist and the sun began to burn through, a tiny one opened her eyes." These poetic words are on the recto of a double-page spread of a pale, watercolor seascape. At the left, an immediately appealing, dazed-looking brown sea otter sits draped in seaweed. Over the next two pages, there are four more depictions of the baby, in equally adorable positions, lessening the sting of her plaintive situation. She appears near death when, in driving rain, a young woman shows up and gently bundles her into a blanket, calling the otter Pup 681. The tale is told in third person, but most of it is through the supposed thoughts and even dreams of the otter, who at one point feels so lonely she sickens. Her unnamed, sweet-faced rescuer, a woman of color, again revives her, and a fascinating otter fact is cleverly revealed. The gentle humor of the artwork and the descriptive, sometimes-rhyming text combine with excellent layout to create a compelling tale. If the ending words were describing a human's lesson learned, they would seem mawkishly sentimental; because the lesson applies to Pup 681's "tiny otter heart," they simply provide appropriate closure. An author's note and a smattering of otter facts follow.Unabashedly adorable. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Washed ashore alone, a tiny sea otter pup needs help! Soon, a rescuer is there to take her in and keep her warm and fed. The pup faces challenges in her new life without her sea otter family. But with the love and care of her rescuer, she flourishes in her new home. Inspired by the true story of orphaned sea otter Pup 681, who is now named Luna and lives at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, this is a heartwarming and hopeful rescue story about family and love.- Godwin Books -

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