Item description for The Otter Spirit: A National History Story by Michael Reed Judith K. Berg...
NATURE / ANIMALS / SPIRITUALITY. This is a natural history story of the life of a river otter and the autobiographical complement of the otter's researcher. Their unique journey through life transcends two worlds: the real and the spiritual. Travel with them through seasons and years as they discover many remarkable mysteries of the natural world, evoking wonder at its beauty and diversity.
The story of "The Otter Spirit" is based on true accounts of observations the researcher recorded firsthand, and on imagined events that very credibly could be observed, based on reports documented in the referenced literature. The dialogue and expression of feelings among the otters and other animals in this book are admitted anthropomorphic interpretations of events told in the story. However, facts articulated in the book are real and substantiated by direct measurement by the researcher or authenticated in the references.
Hope prevails that, through the tale of the Otter Spirit, a genuine appreciation of these marvelous animals and the environment they call home will be conferred to the reader. For some, a greater passion will drive them to research the literature and, perhaps, go beyond, to find their own Otter Spirit on a river, in a forest, on a mountain yet to be explored and personally realize the sacred gifts that Nature offers those who take the time to hear the Ancient Voices.
Includes 27 photos/illustrations and index.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Otter Spirit: A National History Story?
Spiritual Otters Feb 15, 2006
Under the assumption that this book would actually tell me something about river otters, I purchased it. In a condescending and prolix style, the author describes her spiritual journey into Native American beliefs using otters as a vehicle for her exploration.
It would be a perfectly lovely gift for a bright child interested in a holistic approach to nature and the world around us.
Otter's Essence Jul 7, 2005
Did you know over 350,000 animal hairs could fit into one square inch? The Otter Spirit will entertain you with facts and fun relating to the playful spirit of a serious wildlife researcher's adventures in the wilds. Berg's original poetry sprinkled throughout the book distills Nature's cycles into an essence of life's personal and universal journeys. The Otter Spirit opens pathways to our own explorations within ourselves and Nature. Read and enjoy!
A NEW APPRECIATION FOR NATURE! Jun 12, 2005
WHILE OTTERS MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN MY FIRST CHOICE FOR READING MATERIAL, I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT ONCE I GOT INTO THE STORY I WAS FASCINATED. IT CERTAINLY OPENED MY EYES TO THE WONDERS OF MOTHER NATURE'S WORLD. ALSO, I AM PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH THE PERSEVERANCE AND DEDICATION OF THE AUTHOR, WHO SACRIFICED 12 YEARS OF HER LIFE WORKING ON THE PROJECT. "OTTER'S" IS JUST A CLASSY AND PROFESSIONALLY WRITTEN BOOK, WHICH ENTERTAINS AS WELL AS EDUCATES. I CAN WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND IT TO BOTH "NATURE LOVERS" AND "COUCH POTATOES".