Octopuses

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Octopuses are predators. They use their eight arms to catch crabs and all kinds of shellfish to eat. But octopuses are prey too. To defend themselves, they distract enemies by squirting ink into the water, then quickly make their escape. They can change color and shape to blend into their background or resemble another less-tasty animal. Some octopuses are poisonous and warn would-be predators by sporting bright colors. These special abilities help octopuses survive and thrive in the warm coral reefs and the cold...
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Overview

Octopuses are predators. They use their eight arms to catch crabs and all kinds of shellfish to eat. But octopuses are prey too. To defend themselves, they distract enemies by squirting ink into the water, then quickly make their escape. They can change color and shape to blend into their background or resemble another less-tasty animal. Some octopuses are poisonous and warn would-be predators by sporting bright colors. These special abilities help octopuses survive and thrive in the warm coral reefs and the cold depths of the ocean.
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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Every child knows what an octopus is, if only because cartoon octopuses are handy counting tools, with their eight tentacles, but what are these ocean dwellers really like? This book, part of the "Animal Prey" series, uses breathtaking photography plus lively, well-written text to introduce young readers to an animal that is a master at predator-prey interaction. As the book points out, octopuses are well-equipped to hide from predators, using camouflage, distracting enemies with jets of ink, confusing predators by disguising themselves as a dangerous ray or sea snake, or hiding in small crevices with their boneless body,. Their ability to successfully hunt for food is equally extraordinary. The can make themselves into umbrellas to cover prey scurrying along on the ocean floor, plus anchor and taste their catch with the suckers on their tentacles. As this reader-friendly book points out, female octopuses are adept at caring for their eggs, whether they anchor them on the walls of a nursery den, carry them along with them, or, in the case of the glass octopus, enfold their brood within the enclosed umbrella of tentacles. It is amazing! The book includes some wonderful features: a "Looking Back" section, which points out details and asks thoughtful questions; a glossary; lists of books, videos, and websites; and an index.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822560630
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Animal Prey Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed science books for children. A nationally known science education consultant and a former elementary school science teacher, Ms. Markle also authored the award-winning Animal Predator and Animal Scavenger series for Lerner Publications. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.
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