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The Gentle Giant Octopus Hardcover – 2 Nov 1998


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  • Hardcover: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; 1st edition (2 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074452881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744528817
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 27.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,876,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The creators of the award-winning Think of An Eel. Karen Wallace and Mike Bostock, turn their attention to one of the most fascinating creatures beneath the sea--the octopus. As Gentle Giant Octopus moves through her watery home, Wallace and Bostock capture the essence of the beast as she searches for a place to lay her eggs, allowing the reader to discover how she uses her tentacles, why she squirts ink and the incredible care she takes over her babies.

Stunning illustration and a subtlety of writing that delivers educational information in a comfortable and lyrical manner makes Gentle Giant Octopus a great book for sharing and learning together. (Ages 4 and over)--Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"* "A joy for the eye, ear and heart...mind opening, inspiring." Guardian * Also available in a library edition without CD (9781406312843)." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myra on 9 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
Octopuses are amongst my favourite animals because they can do so many amazing things. This book tells the story of a mother octopus. Some people feel that octopuses are weird, scary creatures. While this book shows most of the amazing things that octopuses can do, it doesn't dwell on the weirdness of this octopus, but emphasises an aspect that we can all relate to: taking care of her young. The language is poetic, but accurate. However, despite being a very good book, it is a bit of a tearjerker. Octopuses only reproduce once in their lives. After her eggs hatch, the mother octopus dies. The great accomplishment of this book is that, without anthropomorphizing the octopus (making her seem more human), you feel sad about this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tambrosian on 14 Dec 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book would interest any child who likes sea creatures. There are plenty of facts about octopuses, poetically worded, and presented in small blocks (not huge chunks) of text. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and coloured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. williams on 16 Dec 2010
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This is a great book! well worth it, my 3yrs son loves it! it one of the first ones to come up at night!
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My daughter of 4 years absolutely loves this book and the series is truly fabulous for those interested in nature.
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An Informative Book, Beautifully Illustrated 7 Jan 2000
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Format: Hardcover
This would interest any child who likes sea creatures. Plenty of facts, poetically worded, and presented in small digestible blocks. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and coloured.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4th Grade Class Top Ten Winner 4 May 2008
By J. Speed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title of this book is the Gentle Giant Octopus. The author of this book is Karen Wallace. The illustrator is Mike Bostock. The genre is true animal story.
The octopus can have 60,000 babies at a time. When a fish bites off a tentacle, the tentacle grows back. The octopus has no bones. It can fit in really small places. Octopi squirt ink to get away from predators.
The main idea of this book is to teach people about octopi. It is also to teach how octopi live and survive in the ocean. It is on our top 10 because our class loves animals. It is a good book to read and to teach people about octopi.
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Wonderful and accurate 31 Oct 2007
By A. C. Shrouf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am thrilled that there is such an accurate book about the life of an Octopus for kids. Nature is not always gentle, which unfortunately other people do not take into account in their review of this book. I love the octopus, and have bought this book for my kids and my nieces and nephews, because it is a book that is informative and wonderfully written.
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Nonfiction at its finest! 28 Aug 2011
By Mary McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding quality writing in nonfiction isn't always easy. This book tells of the giant octopus using beautiful language and beautiful pictures. This is a wonderful way to share this part of the world under the ocean with children.
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Great book 16 Oct 2011
By disneygal - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book for my 5 year old grandson and he absolutely loves it. It has great facts and pictures and he looks at every time he comes to our house.
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