The Utterly Otterleys by Mairie Hedderwick


The Utterly Otterleys by Mairie Hedderwick

The Utterly Otterley family live in a cosy burrow near the river where everything is just about perfect. Until Pa Utterly Otterley wakes up one morning and decides it's time to find a new home.


Exquisite watercolour pictures, full of movement and detail, are matched by economic, evocative prose in the delightful tale Carousel As delightful as ever The Guardian Ideal for bedtime reading with young children Adoption-net Delightful story of an otter family and, as ever, charming illustrations. The Times In the Otterleys Mairi Hedderwick has a found a spirited animal alternative to the much-loved Katie Morag and her family, while her watery, winter landscapes full of wildlife are as delightful as ever. Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian The lovely watercolour drawings and rhyming narrative makes this a charming book that is bound to be a delightful read and family favourite. The Lady Mairi Hedderwick is 'a great storyteller.

'A feast of visual detail and a simple child centred text work prefectly together to create a rhytmic book for sharing' - Reading Evening Post 'The appeal of this particular book lies in the simple text, which is very child-friendly and in the tiny details in the illustrations.' - Writing Magazine Exquisite watercolour pictures, full of movement and detail are matched by economic, evocative prose in this delightful tale of a family of otters who are on the move, in search for a new home. Carousel ...a gently story which is ideal for bedtime reading with young children and the washed out watercolour illustrations add to the calming mood.'

About the Author

Mairie Hedderwick was born in Gourrock. She left the mainland for the Isle of Coll where she and her crofting husband brought up their young family. She has never quite left the island - and still returns to paint, and to ponder the island life which has enriched her craft for so long.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3-6


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Publication date

10th June 2006



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