The Mermaid and the Octopus: Blue/Band 04: Band 04/Blue

The Mermaid and the Octopus: Blue/Band 04: Band 04/Blue

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By (author) Julia Donaldson, Series edited by Cliff Moon


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  • Publisher: Collins Educational
  • Format: Paperback | 16 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 210mm x 2mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007186843
  • ISBN 13: 9780007186846
  • Sales rank: 26,122

Product description

Read 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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Julia Donaldson is the current Children's Laureate and the author of the internationally bestselling book The Gruffalo as well as numerous other popular titles.

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By Graham Lees 28 Sep 2011 1

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.