Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter's Story
Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter's Story
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Annotation: Documents the rescue of an orphaned baby otter called Rialto, and his rehabilitation at the Seattle Aquarium.
Genre: [Biology]
Catalog Number: #181428
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Berner, Alan,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-14764-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-14764-6
Dewey: 599.769
LCCN: 2017957299
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Photojournalism tells the true story of Rialto, a rescued baby sea otter, along with many scientific and historical facts about sea otters. Readers of Jean Reidy's poetic, almost mystical, picture book Pup 681: A Sea Otter RescueStory, illustrated by Ashley Crowley (2019), can seek out Mapes' book for more facts about these critters. The text begins with simple sentences about the eponymous baby otter—named for Washington's Rialto Beach, where he was stranded—but soon offers much more information than a tale of rescue and rehabilitation. By the text's third page, readers have learned these facts: Normally, babies stay close to their mothers; they have "very loud voices so their mothers can hear them over the wind and waves"; sea otters are legally protected. The next page includes a full paragraph about baby sea otters' dependency on their mothers, then a second paragraph that lists the babies' predators and states that their survival rate in the wild is 50 percent. By the time Rialto is thriving in the Seattle Aquarium (prior to a permanent move to the Vancouver Aquarium), readers have learned about sea otter diet, fur, teeth, habits, and more. Before Rialto moves, there are 10 paragraphs and a map devoted to the otters' human-caused, near extinction and their human-aided comeback. The clever truth: Less-motivated readers can view each of the numerous, oh-so-cute-and-cuddly photographs, then read their detailed captions to get the story's condensed version.Calling all sea otter fans! (sources) (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 3,912
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 509897 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 940L

Found orphaned and stranded on a beach in Washington on August 2016, Rialto was brought to the Seattle Aquarium, where his rehabilitation and recovery was documented over the course of several months. The resulting photographs offer a rare and breathtaking glimpse into sea otters' growth and development, further enriched by an informative text offering background on these beautiful creatures and their environment--and how they were hunted to near-extinction for their fur, reintroduced to the northwest from Alaska only in recent decades. Few things are more adorable than sea otters--especially baby sea otters! Stunning photographs and timely and topical themes of changing climate and environmental factors make this book appealing to children and adults alike.


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