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Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,424 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn't know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. Rabbit's reflection on good manners.

In her smart, quirky style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor--just follow the
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Henry Holt and Company
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Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
I don't know anything about otters.
What if we don't get along?

Now that a percentage of our population* thinks they have a mandate to be cruel to others, this book serves as a great lesson in acceptance, tolerance, and plain old civility. Try to read it to your kids while within earshot of other adults. It seems some of them need a refresher course.

*A wise and nasty woman once referred to them as "deplorables."
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Manners
When a family of otters move in next door, Mr. Rabbit isn't sure what to think. Will they be friends? How should one treat otters? Then wise old Mr. Owl imparts an important piece of advice: Do unto otters as you would have them do unto you. As Mr. Rabbit lists all the ways he would like his otter neighbors to behave, the reader in turn learns how they should behave to otters (and others)...

An amusing and effective exploration of The Golden Rule, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners offers an an
Megan EM
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Those with preschool kids will love this. Teaches how to treat others will keeping the kiddos entertained. My son loves it. Doo-dee doo!
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Well, it almost got only 3 stars from me because even though it was funny (the extremely polite stinging bee is truly hilarious), it ‘s a bit too much like a lesson on manners; it’s too concrete. But hey, kids like concrete. The story & pictures are funny. The concepts are certainly presented well enough. The bee, and the author’s information on the back cover bumped this up to a solid 4 stars and maybe even 4 ½: the author lives in the woods near Lake Michigan next to an otter and a rabbit and ...more
Monique Williams
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-emotional
This book is about a rabbit who has otters move in next door. He is worried about the otters because his previous neighbor was not a very good neighbor. He consults with the wise old owl who simply tells him to Do unto Otters a you would have them do unto you. The pictures in the book are great. The otters look very sill and the rabbit does too. The rabbit goes through the list of the all of the things he would like the otters to do, be kind, be fair, be polite, etc. and the wise old owl tells h ...more
This cute, funny picture book will be great to read on the first day of school, when we're building our classroom community and setting the behavior expectations. Based on The Golden Rule, this book reminds young readers to treat others the way you would like to be treated. The illustrations are perfect, and according to the author, she "used acrylic paint (which she SHARED with her friends) on Arches watercolor paper to CARINGLY create the illustrations for this book. NO TEASING took place duri ...more
Sebastian HM
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. It was funny because of the cheese parts.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I will say I find this kind of book a little difficult to share as a read aloud. I have been using it to introduce my 3rd-5th graders to Volunteer State Book Awards this year. As usual with any kind of word play, and puns in particular, I find that a little introduction goes a long way toward making a difference in how a book is received. The concept of puns is surprisingly (to me at least) alien to a lot of my students and I find myself pausing to look at them expectantly when I hit some of ...more
Rachel Hoeck
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller is a picture book that teaches manners. One day, a rabbit is hopping home to his tree when he notices his new neighbors, the otters. Rabbit has never had otter neighbors before and he becomes worried that he won’t get along with them. An owl comes along and teaches rabbit that he should treat the otters as he would want the otters to treat him. As he walks around with the owl, he tells the owl that he would want the otters to be friendly and ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-3
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Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners is a story about treating others the way you would like to be treated. I would use this book to discuss positive and negative behaviors with my students. It reinforces that using your manners and being kind will go a long way when interacting with other people. After reading the book we would complete a T-chart and list positive and negative behaviors demonstrated in the story. I think this book will be a great way to model positive be
Becky B
When otters move in next to Mr Rabbit he gets worried about how they will be as neighbors. Mr. Owl encourages him to treat them like he wants to be treated. Mr. Rabbit thinks through how he would like the otters to treat him and comes up with a great guide to being a good neighbor, friend, and world citizen.

I think every classroom needs a copy of this book. It does a great job of cover the basics of how to live and act in a way that will keep the peace, start healthy flows of communication, and
Cleo Jones
Do Unto Otters" Is a lovely little play on words from the quote, "do unto others as you would have others do unto you". A brilliant and very humours book which could be read on the first day of school, when the class is learning about community and behavior expectations. The book reminds young readers to treat others the way you would like to be treated and it does this in a fun and engaging way. Every page is busy, giving children lots to look at and there are plenty of puns and anecdotes. Woul ...more
Steve Holden
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a cute book I found in looking for books that promote positive behaviors. The pictures are entertaining to look at, and the story has a lot of funny moments. The message is very clear and direct: learn and use manners to all. I like this as a fun way to promote important things - kids and adults alike!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Rabbit is worried about his new neighbors, the Otters. Mr. Rabbit doesn't know anything about otters, so he is unsure what to do and say. He gets some good advice though, and learns to treat them as he wants to be treated. A cute book about good manners. ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A little rabbit has an otter family that moves in near him, and he has so many questions. Like, are they friendly? Are we going to get along? The rabbit learns, though, to “treat otters the same way I’d want otters to treat me.”

This book has a great theme, and cute and funny illustrations.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute book about manners. Kids will love the illustrations.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the first graders were giggling throughout the whole book and then they asked me to read it again.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part was when the rabbit had carrot pizza!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
This one was worth the wait. I've had it on my to-read list for some time now as well as on hold with my library. It's funny and teaches important lessons. So good. From now on, I will treat otters better. I like Laurie Keller's work. ...more
Ms. B
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, 2017, humor
A humorous and cute story about manners.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Gotta love a book about otters!
Christina Taylor, She-Her
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Do Unto Otters is a delightful postmodern picturebook that employs acrylic paint on Arches watercolor paper to illustrate the golden rule in a fun-loving cartoon style. Mr. Rabbit’s happy-go-lucky frolic across double-page full-bleed spreads comes to an abrupt halt when he discovers that his new neighbors are otters. In a series of vignettes on single-page spreads, the anxiety that this news causes him is not only expressed in Mr. Rabbit’s words but is also reflected in Keller’s illustrations as ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I LOVE this book! Mr. Rabbit finds one day that three otters have moved in as his new neighbors. Worried about how they'll behave, he asks his friend Mr. Owl what he should do. Wise Owl tells him to "do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you." So begins Mr. Rabbit's explanation of how he thinks the otters should behave toward him. It's a perfect guide to manners and how to get along with people! A beautiful summary. I also like Laurie Keller's illustrations, especially the expressive e ...more
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great picture book about manners.

I really should have all of my coworkers read this book because it seems that this is something adults teach kids but seem to forget to apply it to themselves.. and I don't care if many adults don't have kids - either way they should go back to remembering the golden rule "do unto others what you have them do unto you." Except the author plays with words in this book and uses the word "otters".. fun to read but with a clear message.
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
One of our favorite manners book. We have checked this one out of the library several times. Would love to find this at a thrift store and own it....8/21/15

We found it at the Rancho Mirage Library book sale!!!!. Still a favorite that makes us laugh every time we read it. You must read this book with inflection!...krb 10/24/16
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, ces-library
Do unto Otters as you would have Otters do unto you. HAH!

Carrie Charley Brown
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: add-to-library
Very intriguing concept book about manners. As always, Laurie Keller ' s illustrations are funny and perfect for kids (and even adults that love to smile.) ...more
Matt Millslagle
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully silly book about manners. It uses comedy and fantastic illustrations to convey great lessons on manners.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so a couple things:

- 'Harry Otter'
- "I'm sorry I called you a 'snotter'."

That is all.
Two thumbs WAY up!
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
cute interpretation of the "do unto others" phrase. quirky & fun ...more
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Laurie Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. She always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She spent much of her time performing in a local dance tour company and dancing in and choreographing some civic theatre shows.
She graduated several years later with a BFA in Illustration. She also got a job as a greeting card illustrator at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the author and

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