octavia and her purple ink cloud

Summary:

Octavia (an octopus) and her underwater friends have their own version of hide and seek. It's called "Hide from a hungry creature." Each animal demonstrates how it camouflages itself, and Octavia squirts ink ... in all kinds of colors. Try as she might, the ink is never purple. When the shark arrives, everyone is prepared. But what about Octavia?

Educational Themes:

There is plenty to enjoy with this book. For the youngest audience, you can practice color and animal identification, color blends, and feelings (frustration, perseverence); for elementary-aged students, you can talk about self-preservation, nature, animal habits and habitat, and feelings.

Reading Level:
3.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Shared with a Kindergarten class, children ages 5 and 6.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. There re incredible learning opportunities wrapped in a great story. This has the potential to grow with your child, particularly if you start sharing it when they are toddlers/preschoolers.
Little Kid Reaction

The kids loved this story. They especially liked Octavia's rainbow of ink colors! Their teacher printed the drawing on the last page, and everyone had a chance to color their own picture.

Adult Reader Reaction

There is so much you can do with this book. There is something to learn and enjoy for toddlers on up, and the facts and suggestions at the back have something for each learning stage, from colors to nature to science. We even liked how the other animals didn't make fun of Octavia because she didn't get it "just right."

Pros:

This is a picture book that offers lots of learning in a simple story.

Cons:

None.


Title Octavia And Her Purple Ink Cloud
Author Donna Rathmell Doreen Rathmall
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2006
Illustrators Connie McLennan
ISBN 0976494353
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Nature, Concepts - Colors
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