Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Navigation

Playful Slider

The North American River Otter

2011
Author:

Barbara Juster Esbensen
Illustrations by Mary Barrett Brown

Playful Slider

Playful Slider invites young readers to learn more about one of the most interesting of North American mammals

In this fascinating volume, acclaimed author Barbara Juster Esbensen explores the world of the North American river otter, describing its behavior and characteristics in poetic detail. Graced with beautiful illustrations by distinguished wildlife painter Mary Barrett Brown, Playful Slider invites young readers to learn more about one of the most interesting of North American mammals.

Children who have enjoyed otters cavorting at the zoo will delight in seeing these playful Mustelidae (members of the weasel family) in their natural habitat.

Kirkus Reviews

A quick game of hide-and-seek. A belly slide down a snow-covered hill. Lively, clever, and curious, otters are best known for their sense of fun. In this fascinating volume, acclaimed author Barbara Juster Esbensen explores the world of the North American river otter, describing its behavior and characteristics in poetic detail. Graced with beautiful illustrations by distinguished wildlife painter Mary Barrett Brown, Playful Slider invites young readers to learn more about one of the most interesting of North American mammals.

Playful Slider

Barbara Juster Esbensen (1925–1996) was a popular children’s author, storyteller, and nature writer.

Mary Barrett Brown (1938–2000) was a world-renowned wildlife artist.

Playful Slider

Children who have enjoyed otters cavorting at the zoo will delight in seeing these playful Mustelidae (members of the weasel family) in their natural habitat.

Kirkus Reviews

Barbara Esbensen’s descriptive narrative gives readers a sense of observing this playful animal firsthand, but not to the exclusion of basic facts . . . which are deftly woven into the text.

School Library Journal

This book is a pleasant and informative introduction to these regional residents.

Lake Superior Magazine

The perfect book to share with the curious and playful people in your life.

The Ely Winter Times

An educational and very entertaining book. This book is a must for anyone with an interest in otters, animals, or nature.

The Timberjay