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Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners

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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, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Henry Holt & 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."
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!
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
Lisa 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 : the author lives in the woods near Lake Michigan next to an otter and a rabbit a ...more
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
Text-to-World Connection

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
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!
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute book about manners. Kids will love the illustrations.
Ms. B
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, humor, picture
A humorous and cute story about manners.
Christina Taylor
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
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
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
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.
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ces-library, children
Do unto Otters as you would have Otters do unto you. HAH!

May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
1) Summary: "Do Unto Otters" explains the meaning of the motto, "do unto others as you would have others do unto you". The motto is played out in real life when a rabbit hears that his new next-door neighbors will be otters. He begins to panic and worry that he will not get along with them. But, an owl calms him down and just reminds him that if he treats them how he would like to be treated everything will be alright. They then go through and list all the things that they would like for the ott ...more
Do Unto Otters-- is a play on do unto others. Otters move into Rabbit's neighborhood and Rabbit assumes the worst. If reading this aloud to kids, I suggest reading it first to yourself to decide on the various voices and tones to use. Also, there is a page with how to say "please" and "thank you" in different languages, including pig latin, so readers will need to have practiced this as well. The illustrations have a lot going on with multiple types of graphics included on one page which could b ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The play on "otters" to insinuate "others" is definitely the highlight of this fun book about manners.

We read it several times and it went from being "just a long book" for my daughter to one she now actively reaches for. I'm not sure what I will do when we have to return it to library.

One other aspect of the book that I loved as a mom was the interactive way it was written with various characters popping on the colorful pages and saying different things to reinforce what was being taught. As a
A Allen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Otters are my favorite animal and I was hopefully that this book could be a fun addition to my library. Maybe it is my problem with authority, but I felt like this book had a LOT of rules. Although presented in a "I'd like to be treated this way" format, there is a lot of information to take in about how one should act if they are to be friendly, polite, etc. Some of these things don't seem necessary and might be more difficult for certain children. For example, apparently eye contact is part of ...more
Shea O'neil
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 6 year old and I love this book. It teaches you all the great social skills, while addressing anxieties and fears, and is playful and entertaining in its delivery.

We love how the bunny is so relatable, and how it shows manners not as something we have to do for someone else, but, instead from an inspiring perspective of how we would like other s (otters) to treat us and by doing so allows a true understanding and appreciation for the thoughts and care behind manners.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new family of otters moves in next to a hare. The hare seems upset to have new neighbors and a wise owl tells him to treat his neighbors as he would want to be treated. This gets the hare thinking of how he would want someone to use their manners, be a good sport (PLEASE let that one sink in), cooperate etc. There are funny little pictures to go with what he is thinking and it does a good job of teaching social skills without being so preachy. Both my boys gave this book a thumbs up.
Olivia Slykhuis
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It's based on a HILARIOUS pun and it involves otters, so it was already ahead. It has some pretty funny moments, but overall I wasn't a fan. I actually didn't finish reading it, because there's so much text on every page, mostly irrelevant asides, and I got the point. I also don't like the illustrations. Drawing an ugly otter is an accomplishment. I'm sure I could find better books about manners. Disappointing.
Amber A. Miller
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this book and its message. I believe in treating others the way I want to be treated but didn't know how to teach my child this lesson. This book is a good step off to great communication with your child. Some of the banter (comedy) between the otters and rabbits can be too much for a small child. But its nice because you can choose what little bits too leave out and what will be understood by your child.
Anne Dulzo
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Genre: Fantasy
Unique Feature: This book uses a play on words to teach kids a lesson on manners. I think by doing this it captures the reader's attention and allows them to be more receptive of the lesson presented.
Grade: I think that this could be used in a first or second grade classroom as a whole class book because of the way that the pages are organized young readers may get lost in all the little conversation pieces on the pages.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Approachable way of thinking about how we want to be treated and how we should treat others.

Miss 4 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Keller, Laurie Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners PICTURE BOOK Henry Holt, 2007.

Mr. Rabbit is very worried about his new neighbors. Wise Mr. Owl talks Mr. Rabbit through his anxiety and give him good advice to make nice with the neighbors. This fun, amazing, joyful book is great for almost every age, especially older classes with Advisory.

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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