Tarka the Otter
Written by Henry Williamson
Illustrated by Annabel Large
Part of the A Puffin Book Series
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This is the classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter's own eyes. It is full of joy and wonder, as well as death, sadness and brutality and yet it is an inspirational portrait of a vanished time, seen from Tarka's viewpoint. Often harrowing, the story details Tarka's constant battle with the otter hounds, and in particular their fearsome leader Deadlock. Most of us will have never seen an otter in the wild or be likely to see one and yet once you've read the story of Tarka the Otter you will not only know exactly what they look like, you will also know their mannerisms and crucially having read the novel, you will also realise how man's impact almost drove them to extinction.
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Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
Tarka the otter grows up with his mother and sisters, learning how to swim and catch fish, and to fear the sound of the hunter's horn. Soon he must fend for himself and he travels through rivers and woods, and out to sea in his fierce battle for survival. But eventually, chased by a pack of dog hounds, Tarka comes face to face with Deadlock, his most fearsome enemy...
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About the Author
Interest Age: From 9
More books by Henry Williamson
Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
3rd July 2014
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