As a child, Doe Boyle watched every National Geographic and Jacques Cousteau documentary, fascinated with their exploration of the undersea habitat. Born and raised on the Connecticut shoreline, she took classes at her local Audubon sanctuary to satisfy her curiosity with the natural world. The adaptor of the Adventures of Ranger Rick series published by Soundprints in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, Doe is also the author of Otter on His Own, Gray Wolf Pup, and Summer Coat, Winter Coat published in association with the Smithsonian Institution. A graduate of Fairfield University, Doe is also an author and editor of adult nonfiction. Her free time is often spent exploring the seashore with her husband and four daughters. She visits frequently with school children to share her love for nature and literature. Their enthusiasm inspires her writing.
Doe Boyle currently resides in Madison, in the state of Connecticut.
Reviews - What do customers think about Otter on His Own: The Story of a Sea Otter (Smithsonian Oceanic Collection)?
GRANDMA Aug 24, 2008
A TRULY GREAT OTTER STORY WITH MANY FACTS. MY GRANDSON LOVE SIT AND SO DO I. THANK YOU
Buy it for the illustrations Mar 20, 2008
Lisa Bonforte's illustrations of Sea Otter Pup and his mother are truly lovely to behold. The illustrations add a lot to the story showing otters playing, eating sea urchins, resting in beds of sea kelp and diving for food. The story of Sea Otter Pups birth and survival is a great story for kids who will admittedly probably need some assistance by adults in some of the vocabulary...but that's what grownups are for, right? There is a nice little summation of history of the sea otter and a glossary or terms used at the end of the book. It may lead to more learning as most kids won't quite know how to picture an abalone's foot! So, enjoy the pictures and read with the young people in your life!
I don't have time to write reviews but... Aug 12, 2004
I just had to say, in case anyone is looking for science books which can both entertain and inform their young children, this title is a delight! The illustrations are endearing, but the text is what stands out in the book, for--unlike most children's "science" twaddle out there--it is truly lyrical. Children don't need short, choppy sentences which merely regurgitate bland facts in a shotgun approach to "teaching" or "informing". That kind of writing certainly doesn't make for interesting reading! My young reader was delighted with the tale of young Otter, my 2-year-old equally enthralled. I know a book is a keeper when I am asked to read it again immediately.
This book has both literary and scientific merit. A rare find in my search for homeschool materials that can impart knowledge, love for learning and the enjoyment of reading quality prose, all in one appealing package. Not sure as I type this what age is recommended, but my son is currently about halfway through first grade level reading and will be able to tackle this by himself within a year at most. A child up to age 8 would be delighted by this book.
Terrible Apr 11, 2003
This book is laborious, overwritten and poor quality. It is as if the author is trying to demonstrate how many words one can fit into a sentence. For insight into Otters, at a child's reading level, choose a different book.
A scientifically accurate, highly enjoyable tale Jul 14, 2002
Otter On His Own: The Story Of A Sea Otter is a children's story by Doe Boyle about a young otter growing up in the natural world. From learning how to eat sea urchins to exploring the underwater cove near where he was born and the world beyond, Otter On His Own is a scientifically accurate, highly enjoyable tale. Simple yet inspiring color illustrations by Robert Lawson add depth to the watery world of the otter pup.