In this story, Big Otter is always bringing food for Little Otter. Over time, Little Otter learns from Big Otter how to fish for himself. He practices on the skills required to catch his own food. When Little Otter finally succeeds, he is ready to pass on the skills to Baby Otter so that she too can learn to feed herself.
Self-help is about being able to do things for yourself. Learning new skills helps you to become more independent and less reliant on others to do it for you.
Mutual-help is about helping one another after you have learnt and mastered how to help yourself.
What is a co-operative?
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.
Who produced this storybook?
"Little Otter Goes Fishing" is part of a series of children's storybooks which the Singapore National Co-operative Federation has produced for the commemoration of the United Nations International Year of Co-operation 2012. SNCF is the apex organization of co-operatives which aims to promote and develop co-operatives through the principle of self and mutual-help.