Otto Goes North (Hardback)
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Otto Goes North (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages
Published: 01/08/2019
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Far up in the north is a blueberry-blue house with a grass roof, where Lisa and Nils live. One day a tourist arrives: Otto has cycled for months, maybe years, to visit his friends.

Otto wants to do a spectacular painting of the northern lights to remember his visit, but he is from a hot country and it is very cold here. He can't paint for shivering so hard.

Lisa and Nils are surprised-Otto has a fur coat just like them! They didn't know there was a difference between fur and fur.

His friends decide to knit him a jumper.

Publisher: Gecko Press
ISBN: 9781776572410
Number of pages: 32


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Scandinavians have a strong tradition of knitwear, and here is the why and how. Lisa, a lynx, and Nils, a bear, have been waiting a very long time for the arrival of their friend Otto, a lemur. He has come from southern climes and is extremely excited because now he can paint the northern lights. Unfortunately, it is so cold that Otto can barely hold his paintbrush. Lisa and Nils quickly put him in their sauna and feed him blueberry soup, but it does not warm him. The two then remember their library of two volumes. Fortunately, one of the titles is a knitting book--but Lisa has forgotten how to read. Happily, the book is illustrated, and Lisa and Nils carefully follow the instructions for combing their fur, spinning the wool, dying it, and fashioning a most attractive sweater. Delightfully, it keeps Otto warm, and he can complete his canvas. He returns home to hang the sweater on a wall in his studio filled with Matisse-y artwork. The three are besties in spite of their slight disagreements, and their back-and-forth banter is entertaining. The illustrations, digitized graphite pencil and acrylic paint, are colorful and portray a lovely vista of a remote Scandinavia. They also depict the steps to the creation of the sweater with charming detail. Good friends and a how-to-manual on knitting warm hearts.--Kirkus Reviews -- "Journal" Otto, a ring-tailed lemur, has spent countless days biking north to visit his friends and to paint the northern lights. But when he tries to paint out in the cold he discovers that his southern fur coat doesn't keep him warm in this icy northern world. His friends Nils and Lisa, a bear and a lynx, are worried about their poor chilly friend. While Otto recuperates in the sauna with a mug of hot blueberry soup, the two friends consider how to help him stay warm. Inspired by the slightly inexplicable presence of a book about wool, the two friends decide to use their own fur to make a sweater from scratch for their friend. Though a bit contrived, the story's premise lends itself perfectly to a simple explanation of the process of making wool, or in this case, fur, into a sweater. The graphite and acrylic paint illustrations feature detailed recreations of mountains, wood burning stoves, and a sauna complete with birch logs and a wooden spoon for pouring water. The text is full of playful and funny scenes, such as when Otto rides into the story on his bright red bike, ringing his bell, 'like mad, enough to be annoying.' While the story includes details of the sweater-making process, it is not intended to be a primer and the voice reflects the youth and initial inexperience of the two friends with a natural increase in jargon as they learn. Near the beginning, Nils and Lisa know they need a, 'steering wheel thing, ' which turns out to be a spinning wheel, but later under the tutelage of Lena the fox, they work diligently to 'spin' and 'card' the fur into yarn. The resulting sweater is as much a work of art as the painting of the northern lights that Otto is able to complete while wearing his new garb. VERDICT A perfect story to pair with a lesson on fiber art or dyeing. Recommended for general purchase and for makerspaces everywhere.--School Library Journal -- "Journal"

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