Lucy’s Winter Rescue

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Review

When Lucy and her friends Sita and Rosie are gathering holly and ivy for Christmas decorations, they discover a baby otter, trapped in some rubbish at the edge of a swollen river. They gently release him and rush the injured creature to gran's Wildlife Rescue Centre, where Lucy helps take care of him. She and gran carefully clean his wounds, warm him up and encourage him to feed.

Although Lucy is desperate to keep him as a pet, gran explains the importance of finding an appropriate home for him, so he can be with other otters and learn how to survive in the wild.

This heart-warming animal tale, with a sprinkling of Christmas magic, has short chapters and is interspersed with black-and-white drawings. It highlights the plight of wild animals and carries an important message about caring for the environment.

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