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YOU'RE BLUSHING, LITTLE OCTOPUS (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)

Author: Cheryl Block

Illustrator: Gene Takeshita

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Publisher: Block Publishing, 2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Tucked in the coral, a shy octopus felt safe. But when she was hungry, she needed to go out. There was only one problem: she hadn't mastered camouflage yet. When some fish laughed at her, she swam away, determined to hide forever. But that hunger ... she needed to eat! When an eel catches her by surprise, octopus learns a valuable lesson. This fictional story draws on real facts about animal life on a coral reef. It comes with a CD-rom.

Type of Reading: bedtime story,playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter has asked for this book every night for nearly a week. She finally noticed the CD in the back and was very excited to learn more.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story. We like that it blends in facts about the animals of the sea. Much more fun to read than a "science book." The "read to me" capability on the CD is wonderful, because our child can move around herself and doesn't need us to read for her.

Pros: Kids will enjoy this colorful story about a shy octopus. Parents will love that it's packed with lots of useful information and learning.

Cons: The puzzles would benefit from having instructions and tags (like "Solve it" read aloud, too. Pre-readers who use other parts of the CD will be stumped by these sections.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book to share as a story, and the information will come in very handy when science reports start!

If You Liked This Book, Try: TRUE BLUE FRIEND (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)   SQUIRT   OCTAVIA AND HER PURPLE INK CLOUD

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, science, nature, interactive learning, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008

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