Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book
Water wakes. Wildlife greets the day and finds shelter, safety, and fun on the river in this lyrical, ecologically oriented counting book. One willow flycatcher, two dragonflies, three kit foxes, and more thrive in their habitat. As kids count, the day turns from dawn to dusk, and the character of the water changes as quickly as a child’s moods. Animals sing, leap, tiptoe, toboggan, hoot, hunt, flit, flutter, and hover. They ride out a storm, bask in waning rays, and tuck in under the silver moon.
Filled with modern wood engravings, Four Otters Toboggan celebrates wild beauty, encouraging readers of all ages to preserve and cherish our planet. After the story is finished, children can read more about each species in the back of the book—conservation efforts, what causes animals to become endangered, and what people can do to protect wild habitats.
About the Author
Vivian Kirkfield’s career path is paved with picture books. Whether shelving books in a children’s library, reading stories with her kindergarten classes, or writing tales for children around the globe, Vivian has always worked to help kids become lovers of books and reading. She lives in the quaint New England village of Amherst, New Hampshire, where the old stone library is her favorite hangout and her young grandson is her favorite board game partner.
About the Artist
Mirka Hokkanen has always loved drawing animals. While growing up in Finland, her very favorite things to sketch were horses. When she got a little older and went to college, she learned about printmaking and continued creating art featuring animals as linocuts and wood engravings (types of printmaking). This is the first picture book she has illustrated with wood engravings.