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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (10 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607181177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607181170
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 24.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,254,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Perhaps the best use of ?Octavia? is as a ?read-to? book. Youngsters will be drawn repeatedly to the gorgeous underwater scenes, trying to spot the shark lurking somewhere in the background of the double-page spreads, and they are sure to pick up a little natural history along the way.? -- Arlyn M. Christopherson "Science Books & Films" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Donna Rathmell German(Carolina's StoryandOctavia) is the author of 16 cookbooks, four of which were New York Times best-sellers includingThe Bread Machine Cookbook Series, which have sold more than 3 million copies. The 1990's brought extensive media experience promoting her cookbooks, with appearances on such nationally respected programs as The Today Show, The 700 Club, Attitudes with Linda Dano, QVC, and a host of other radio and television programs.Donna is a volunteer at the South Carolina Aquarium, where she has developed a keen interest in their sea turtle rescue program. It was there that she met Barbara Bergwerf, the photographer forCarolina's Story. Two of life's inspirations led to the writing of Carolina's Story: one day, several years ago, the dock master at the marina called to ask Donna to safeguard an injured sea turtle that stranded nearby. As she and her daughter waited for the rescue team to arrive, she began to think about the importance of helping endangered turtles thrive in their natural environment. The second inspiration occurred when Donna was introduced to the Sea Turtle Hospital. She recalled an incident from years before when her then five-year-old daughter was injured in a fall and had to be rushed to a nearby Children's Hospital. The terrifying experience of emergency surgery and the attendant tests and medications brought to mind the same treatments she was seeing with the turtles. She saw both experiences as a way to increase children's awareness and respect for the natural world, and wrote a book that is also an invaluable resource for educating children on what to expect from their own medical treatment." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning about the octopus 25 Mar. 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Octavia the octopus and her ocean dwelling friends have a favorite game they play about how to protect themselves from enemies. Each of Octavia's friends has a special trick that they perform perfectly every time.

The seahorse hangs onto seaweed and enemies can't see it. The turtle hides in grass. Octavia boasts that she can shoot purple ink, but every time she tries to prove it to her friends, something goes wrong and she ends up with a different color.

Then the real test comes--a shark is tracking Octavia. Will she be able to shoot purple ink when she needs to?

Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud is a wonderful book for children ages 4 to 8. It not only teaches different colors, but it also gives facts about how different ocean creatures protect themselves from predators. Both my two- and five-year-olds enjoyed the colorful pictures, and the older one was totally engrossed in the story. My preteen daughter enjoyed the additional facts about octopuses at the end of the book.

Armchair Interview says: Some simple crafts are included that will also help youngsters with colors.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octavia And Her Purple Ink Cloud 19 Sept. 2006
By Shirley Labusier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming story about Octavia Octopus and her friends who live in a small, secret cave in a colorful coral reef. They often pass the time practicing "how to hide from a hungry creature."

Her friend Porcupine fish is able to puff up and turn himself into a big prickly ball. Octavia tells him she is able to squirt purple ink as a means of escape. She squirts a cloud to demonstrate this ability, but to her dismay it is yellow.

Sandy Seahorse amuses Octavia when he shows her how he can wrap his tail around part of a plant. He sways with the plant leaves and becomes almost invisible. Again trying to squirt her purple ink, it squirts out orange, she sighs and says, "I guess I'd better practice."

Freddy Flounder changes color and hides on the ocean floor. He has very strange, funny eyes and is able to see in many different directions. Again Octavia unsuccessfully tries to squirt purple ink but it squirts out green.

Greta Sea Turtle, Carolyn Clown Fish, and Polly Parrotfish all demonstrate their survival tactics. Octavia continues to practice to squirt purple ink but consequently she quirts red and blue. After much practice Octavia is finally successful squirting her allusive purple ink just as a very big, very hungry shark approaches. She and her friends are able to hide from the hungry shark and he swims away with an empty belly.

Children as well as parents will learn interesting facts about the unique octopus in the section "Octopus Fun Facts" in the back of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this at the library and it immediately became her favorite. I purchased at Christmas so that she would ... 14 Jan. 2015
By Diana Andriot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 4 year old granddaughter found this at the library and it immediately became her favorite. I purchased at Christmas so that she would quit checking it out of the library every single month! Very well written, beautiful colorful pages. I only wish this author had more books to offer!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 21 May 2009
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My four year old has read this book about a million times, at her own request.

Not only that, but one of her favorite games now is to use her plastic octopus and other fish toys to imitate the story in the book. The animals all use different defenses to get away from the shark. She even came up with some of her own, like dolphin who "jumps out of the water."

She likes the build up of drama as the shark in the book gets closer and closer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octavia 8 Jun. 2011
By teacherlady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This made for a great gift for the pre-schooler I love. I read about it and knew it would be just perfect.
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