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If You Take Away the Otter Books Candlewick Press | Alder & Alouette

If You Take Away the Otter

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On the Pacific Coast of North America, sea otters play, dive, and hunt for sea urchins, crabs, abalone, and fish in the lush kelp forests beneath the waves. But there was a time when people hunted the otters almost to extinction. Without sea otters to eat them, an army of hungry sea urchins grew and destroyed entire kelp forests. Fish and other animals that depended on the kelp were lost, too. But when people protected the sea otters with new laws, their numbers began to recover, and so did the kelp forests.

A true celebration with gorgeous illustrations of how humans can undo the damage they’ve done, If You Take Away the Otter is a book everyone should read. 


  • Written by Susannah Burhman-Deever and Illustrates by Matthew Trueman.
  • Published by Candlewick Press, May 26, 2020.
  • Ages 5 to 8
  • 0.6" H x 11.5" L x 9.9" W (1.2 lbs) 32 pages