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    The Mermaid and the Octopus: Blue/Band 04 (Collins Big Cat) (Paperback) By (author) Julia Donaldson, Series edited by Cliff Moon

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    DescriptionRead the fantasy story by Julia Donaldson about a mermaid and a greedy octopus, filled with colourful illustrations. * Blue/ Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type - A fantasy story. * The illustrations on pages 14 and 15 allow children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Art: Mother nature, designer; Citizenship: Choices * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.


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    Graham Lees This may be a good class teaching book. It is aimed at students learning to read and discuss the content with a class. As a parent of 4-6 year old girls it is hugely disappointing as a story. Short, with few words and no extended plot. Only 15pp of story (no Donaldson rhyming or great art) and less than 200 words. For teaching it may be exciting. But, I'm disappointed as a scientist and octopus lover - they are so intelligent - that it doesn't reveal the true characteristics of octopuses. (Octopii is wrong, by the way). They are often so hunted for food by man that they should not be portrayed in a negative light in children's books. True, they are more likely to kill a shark than be killed by one, but they would hide from a mermaid. by Graham Lees

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