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Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter

by (author) Karen Autio

illustrated by Sheena Lott

Sono Nis Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2016
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
    List Price
    $9.95 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 11


Young sea otter Kah-Lan is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs near the point, but his mother won't let him out of her sight. One day he sees his chance. Soon he and his friend Yamka are swimming around the point—right into danger! Will they ever make it back home?
The heroic travels of two dynamic and realistic sea otter characters are a wonderful introduction to sea otters and the human activities that threaten them. Warm and appealing illustrations by Sheena Lott and a triumphant ending will inspire readers to learn more about these remarkable animals.

About the authors

Née à Thunder Bay, en Ontario, KAREN AUTIO a grandi dans la ville voisine de Nipigon, où elle a pu laisser libre cours à sa créativité et à son amour pour les chevaux. Vers l’âge de neuf ans, c’est sa passion pour le dessin qui l’a poussée à composer des histoires. Pour Karen, la magie de l’écriture opère lorsque les personnages prennent vie au point de tisser eux-mêmes l’intrigue! Lorsqu’elle n’est pas en train d’écrire, de réviser des textes ou d’expliquer à des étudiants le travail de recherche et l’inspiration sur lesquels reposent ses livres, Karen aime faire du canoë, photographier la nature, lire et voyager. Elle vit à Kelowna, en Colombie-Britannique.


KAREN AUTIO was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up creative and horse-loving in nearby Nipigon. Around the age of nine she began writing stories just so that she could illustrate them. When she’s not writing, freelance editing, or speaking with students about the research and inspiration behind her books, Karen enjoys canoeing, photographing nature, reading, and travelling. Karen lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Karen Autio's profile page

Sheena enjoys a very successful 20-year career as a professional artist.

She has illustrated 9 successful children's books including How Sleep Found Tabitha, Going To The Fair and the perennial bestseller, Jessie's Island. Salmon Forest, written by Dr David Suzuki and Sara Ellis was released last spring. She won The Science in Society National book award and has been short listed for the BC Book Prize as well as the Amelia Francis Illustrators Award. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

This busy artist is best known for her crisp, colourful watercolors and oils . She combines gallery exhibitions, children's book illustration, and private commissions. She has been invited to teach workshops on the new Queen Mary 2. She has been an Artist in Residence in many school districts and has toured for Canadian Children's Book Center Book Week.
Sheena has exhibited paintings at the Winchester Galleries, The Harrison Gallery in West Vancouver, Quan-Scheider Gallery, Toronto, Pegasus Gallery, The Chateau Whistler, Harbour Gallery, Washington US, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria .
She has won many awards including the Myfanwy Pavelic Spencer Award. She is an Associate of The Federation Of Canadian Artists. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

Sheena has participated in many exhibitions across Canada and in the US. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world including: Shell Oil, Chapters Canada, The National Trust Corporation, and the Vancouver Public Library.

She works from her home studio in Sidney on Vancouver Island BC. Her website is

Sheena is available to do watercolour workshops [all materials provided] and lecture/presentations on the process of children's book illustration. Please contact the artist at for more info and fee schedule.

Sheena Lott's profile page

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