The Octopus – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels

91m4b6chg2l The Octopus (Lighthouse Family – Volume 5) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels,  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9780689862465, 2005

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book? I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 5- The Octopus, Whistler and Lila explore the estuary at low tide and find a new friend, Cleo the Octopus. The book gracefully weaves facts about nature, the estuary, octopus, low tides affected by the moon, etc. into a charming story of friendship and exploring new adventures. It concludes as The Lighthouse family and the Octopus family  share a meal and discuss how they are more similar than different.  The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 5, you are intimately connected to this family and look forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? ?  I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 5- The Octopus  to families and children that have been introduced to the  series, love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.  They also instill a love of the nature and how we all coexist in it.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 12/22/16

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