Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Meryl Henderson

Published by Boyds Mills Press

Summary:  Did you know that some scientists think octopuses may be as smart as dogs?  Or that if it’s an octopus’s beak can fit through an opening, the rest of its body can, too?  These are just a couple of the amazing facts about this unique animal you’ll learn in Laurence Pringles latest entry in his Strange and Wonderful series.  Many aspects of the octopus’s brief (usually less than a year) life are covered here, including eating, protection, different types, intelligence, and reproduction.

Pros:  Students could write a very complete report using this book.  The information is engagingly presented, illuminated by beautiful detailed illustrations on every page.

Cons:  Although the cover looks like a primary-grade picture book, this is probably more appropriate for upper elementary or possibly even middle school students.

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