The Amazing Octopus

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Children's Literature
This overview of octopuses disappoints readers in several ways. While it introduces an overabundance of facts and terms, the explanations, accuracy and language-level are uneven. Some concepts are repeated over and over again. The book brags of there being 250 octopus species, yet only a few are introduced—and only in one or two sentence captions. The reader never discovers where the dumbo octopus lives, why a bioluminescent octopus is a rare and important scientific discovery, or other details about these amazing creatures. A handful of illustrations are used repeatedly; some are drawings of photographs also used. This cheats the reader and may give the impression that all octopuses look like the few shown. The book is part of the "Living Ocean" series. 2003, Crabtree Publishing,
— Ruth Buchholz <%ISBN%>0778712990
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778712992
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Living Ocean Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What is an octopus? 4
Spectacular species 6
Den dwellers 8
Octopus bodies 10
Sensing surroundings 12
Masters of disguise 14
Great escapes 16
Big brains 18
Baby octopuses 20
Anything to eat? 22
Ocean food web 24
Connections 26
Octopuses and people 28
Dangers to octopuses 30
Glossary and Index 32
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