Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the awesome octopus in this fun, informative picture book and CD, part of the new "Nature Storybooks" series.Gentle Giant Octopus jets through the water, slides over the seabed, searching for a safe den in which to lay her eggs. Journey with her and discover how she uses her huge tentacles, why she squirts ink and the extraordingary care she takes to guard her babies. "Gentle Giant Octopus" has been re-launched in the new "Nature Storybooks" series with a brand new look and accompanying CD read by Stephen Tompkinson, with story reading, song, extra facts and a read-along version.
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Karen Wallace was born in Canada, and grew up in a log cabin in Quebec. Her childhood was spent playing in the forests and messing about on the Gatineau River, which in many ways is the source of all her writing. Her books include Bears in the Forest (9780744562729) and Think of an Eel (9781406312027). Mike Bostock was born in Bristol and studied illustration at Bath Academy of Art. His favourite place to read stories is in a deckchair in the garden or on a comfy sofa. He lives in London.From Publishers Weekly:
The Giant octopus's tentacles can grow to 150 feet, but in this graceful work the deep-sea creature seems tender and vulnerable. Wallace (previously paired with Bostock for Think of an Eel) uses two types of narrative. Facts are set in wavy lines of text, running concurrently with a story about a mother octopus's gestation, parturition and death. The story brims with poetic turns of phrase: a Wolf eel "darts from the shadows. His teeth strike like daggers. He rips off a tentacle. Then sinks like a nightmare deep into his den." The mother octopus defends herself through escape (shooting backward "by sucking in seawater and pumping it out"), camouflage (turning "very pale or very dark within seconds") and hiding ("Octopuses don't have any bones, and they can squeeze through the tiniest of holes"). Safe in her den, she lays eggs that "hang from the roof like grapes on a string." Bostock's thoughtfully composed watercolors are tactile, accurate and extremely attractive: rubbery tentacles undulate or creep on powerful suction cups; bubble-like babies swim up from their rock-bound nursery, out of which the mother's listless eye peers?their nursery will become her crypt. This seamless weave of text and illustration offers a welcome counterpoint to popular depictions (e.g., Verne's and others) of the octopus as deep-sea villain. Ages 5-8.
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Book Description Walker, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition book. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006371171