Why not introduce your toddler to the wonderful octopus through this recent (and charming) picture book:
Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan
Young Octopus, like many youngsters, is finding her way in a big world–in her case, the reef teeming with lots of species. A bit timid (as an introvert, I can identify), this octopus tries her special species-specific tricks to cope: like camouflaging her color and squirting ink at a boisterous trio of sea horses before escaping to deeper water. The illustrations are charming, as readers meet a variety of animals and see a colorful seascape. And yes, our little octopus friend does learn to seek and find companionship in her home–befriending the over-eager sea horses, who, it turns out, just wanted to play. A simply-told and beautifully illustrated story our youngest audience will love–and, it’s a good intro to the world of the octopus.
Whys should your pre-schooler have all the fun? You’ll want to dig into even more wonders of the amazing octopus with this brand-new release for grown ups. The main character in this non-fiction book is not just big-hearted; he is multi-hearted! Not only that, octopuses are smart, affectionate, and incredibly fascinating. Readers learn so much about the world of the octopus–and as a bonus, it’s also a memoir by “an official octopus observer” from the New England Aquarium. I loved the factual information–and the philosophical musings as well. I promise, you’ll have a new and heightened appreciation of the octopus.