Provides a complete guide to this unique sea creature, discussing its defense mechanisms and its ability to change and transform to blend into its surroundings, and offers information about the relatives of the octopus, such as the squid and cuttlefish. Jr Lib Guild.
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Grade 5 Up. Opening with the escape of a giant North Pacific octopus from its aquarium tank, the author fascinates readers as she informs them about this amazing creature and its smaller relatives. By taking readers underwater with Jim Cosgrove, a Canadian researcher with the Royal British Columbia Museum, Cerullo and Rotman give them an intimate look at this unusual, yet marvelous cephalopod. Scientists are intrigued by its intelligence, calling it the "primate of the sea," as it can solve problems and learn from its fellow octopuses. The female, who mates, conceives, and then cares for her eggs in a solitary den, never leaving them alone to hunt for food, thus starving herself to death, becomes an almost tragic figure in this telling. With outstanding full-color photographs, this author/photographer team offers a reverent look at this changing, secretive, creature of the sea. Andreu Llamas's Octopuses (Gareth Stevens, 1996) gives much the same information but in a less entertaining manner.?Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
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The creators of Coral Reef (1996) use captivating science writing and striking full-color photographs to draw readers into the strange underwater world of the octopus. Cerullo skillfully combines information on the anatomy, habits, and history of the octopus with interviews of contemporary scientists engaged in research on location in Victoria, British Columbia. Her prose is peppered with the odd facts children find so intriguing, e.g., the female octopus lays a string of up to 50,000 eggs and attaches them to a wall of her cave, where she stays to protect them until they hatch and ``eventually starves to death.'' The photos, many taken underwater, extend the text and greatly enhance the book. Those with James Martin's fine Tentacles (1993) on their shelves will still want this one. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Dutton Juvenile, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110525651993
Descrizione libro Dutton Juvenile, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0525651993