How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Heller's stunning illustrations and informative, rhyming text lead young learners on an exciting search for strange and wonderful sea creatures. This resource introduces readers to fascinating animals (octopus, cuttlefish, Red Sea dragon, and others) that use underwater camouflage to trick their predators. 1992 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
In light verse and lovely colors Ms. Heller distinctively delineates eight sea creatures' ability to be there one moment and gone the next. Happily back in print are this and others of the author/artists' "How to Hide" series, among them How To Hide A Butterfly and How To Hide A Crocodile And Other Reptiles (all Grosset).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448404783
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Series: Reading Railroad Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 445,726
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom — insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Don't camouflage 'How to Hide'

    Because the shelves are crowded, great books must be proclaimed This series use of words and science must simply be explained. Unique look at animal behavior, solid science concepts, not-so-fuzzy animals and charming vocabulary and rhyme. These unusual(and inexpensive!) books belong in more classrooms and on your child's shelves.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO

    THIS BOOK WAS INTERESTING AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Remembered from my childhood!

    There are only a handful of books that I truly remember loving when I was a young child (20+ years ago), though my Mom read many books to me. For some reason, this book captivated me long after I'd first read it, so much so that I spent a lot of time searching it out so I could buy it for my own kids!

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