Otto is a lonely otter – one who is too shy and timid to join in with the other otters at play time in the water, and who is not feeling loved. With Valentines Day approaching, Otto knows he will be alone again, on the outside and watching everyone else have fun with each other.
But when Otto spots Ottilie, another otter who keeps herself apart from the crowd, (and a lovely one at that) Ottos compassion overtakes his fear. Realizing that she may be feeling lonely too, Otto manages to harness the bravery to ask others for the help he needs to find her.
As Otto soon learns, making friends does not have to be scary, and being alone is not the same thing as being lonely.
Sweetly illustrated and clearly texted with simple, easily accessible messaging, this pre-school picture book is a pure delight from start to finish.
A gentle reminder that not all children are outgoing, boisterous and socially gifted, Otto and Otillie, and this lovable picture book, bring the message of diversity and inclusion to readers as they gently affirm that it’s okay to be different, or alone, and it’s also also lovely to find a friend.
And what could be sweeter than that?
A great big thank you to Netgalley, the author, the illustrator, and the publisher for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.
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