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My Very Own Octopus

My Very Own Octopus

by Bernard Most

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Bursting with fun and imaginative details, this is a story of a little boy who fantasizes about the amusing and practical possibilities of owning a pet octopus.


Bursting with fun and imaginative details, this is a story of a little boy who fantasizes about the amusing and practical possibilities of owning a pet octopus.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ten-year-old Susie revels in the natural beauty of the vast prairie surrounding her family's sodhouse in the Dakota Territory, but her mother-depressed and homesick for her native Ohio-refuses to go outdoors. In Armstrong's (King Crow; Steal Away) characteristically lyrical language, Susie ponders her mother's "lonesomeness": "Perhaps it had been growing like a seed, and was blooming at last with a pale flower and a sad perfume. All I knew was that Ma never laughed anymore, hardly spoke, seldom smiled." On a trip to town with her father, Susie futilely combs the mercantile for "something cheerful" for her mother. Ma brightens up a bit that evening, when a warm, merry family of Montana-bound homesteaders from Iceland spends the night, giving a canary as a gift. And in the dramatic concluding scene, Susie convinces the woman to come out on the roof of their home to greet the rising sun. With her prairie setting and poetic narrative, Armstrong steps into Patricia MacLachlan territory, but her footing is less sure. While the novel is illuminating in its view of a pioneer family, its many descriptive passages and reminiscences leave the work short on action and too slow-moving for most readers in the targeted age group. Ages 9-14. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This novel basically encompasses 24 hours in the life of a 10-year-old homesteader. Susan shares her father's love of the beautiful prairie of the Dakota territory. She revels in the vast landscape that unfolds before her with the dawning of each day. However, she is concerned about her mother`s increasing loneliness and despondency. The woman rarely leaves the family's sodhouse and feels cut off from the world she knew in Ohio. In the end, Susan helps her begin to change her attitude. This book gives interesting insight into the psychological problems of homesteaders. Susan seems to be well adjusted, but shows understanding of her mother's plight. Armstrong's elegant, spare prose is readable and evocatively re-creates the time and place. Her characters are exceptionally well developed for such a short text. All in all, a good story and a nice complement to the ``Little House'' series (HarperCollins).-Margaret B. Rafferty, Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library, GA

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.37(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

BERNARD MOST has written and illustrated many popular children's books, including The Cow That Went OINK, If the Dinosaurs Came Back, How Big Were the Dinosaurs?, Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs?, and Where to Look for a Dinosaur. He lives in New York.

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