Lootas, Little Wave Eater tells the story of a four-week-old orphaned sea otter that was adopted by the Seattle Aquarium. Color photographs throughout the book show how human handlers raised Lootas, then introduced her to other otters, and finally weaned her from constant human contact. Author Clare Meeker followed the story and worked closely with C.J. Casson, who was in charge of Lootas's care. Additional illustrations help educate young readers about sea otter habitat, food, anatomy, predators, and more. Royalties from sales of this book benefit the Seattle Aquarium's Sea Otter Program.
Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning author. She teaches writing workshops in elementary and middle schools throughout the Pacific Northwest and to adults at Richard Hugo House, a writers cooperative in Seattle, Washington. Born and raised in New York, she graduated with a B.A. in Music from Boston University and received a law degree from Hofstra University in 1980. She left the practice of law to raise two children and began writing books for children in 1993.