Although triplets, river otters Octavia, Omar, and Oscar seem to have little in common, other than their parents. Sweet, graceful Octavia has no interest in the rough antics of her brothers. Big Omar usually plays it safe. And Oscar… oh, dear… Oscar. Bumbling, enthusiastic, lovable Oscar keeps everyone in stitches as he plunges into one adventure after another. Even the simple job of learning how to swim, what most river otters do naturally, requires special attention from Mother–amidst bouts of laughter from Oscar’s siblings.
But learn, Oscar does, and soon he is dreaming of exploring beyond his familiar home around the Quadra Island. When Father returns from his own wanderings and shares tales of distant waters, lands, and inhabitants, Oscar’s desire to travel only increases. Soon enough, opportunities open, and Oscar is off…
In The Quadra Chronicles: An Otter Odyssey, Bruce Bradburn takes readers of all ages into the waters around his beloved Quadra Islands, near Vancouver Island in Canada. An astute observer of creatures that inhabit the area and of the behavior of adventure-seeking children, he deftly weaves five tales of exploration to delight even the cautious.
Bold Oscar takes center stage in all. Through the youngster’s travels, readers learn about the behavior of river otters and other creatures in the area, including people, most of whom delight in–or at least tolerate–the otter’s explorations. Just never leave any food unattended!