Monday, September 9, 2013

How the Octopus Got Eight Arms - Yvonne Arroyo

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages:  46 pages
Source:  Review copy in exchange for my honest review
Genre: children's picture book

Oscar Octopus, like all octopi only had two arms.  He was okay with this until he met Sharkey McGhee and they fell in love. They strolled the ocean bottom together, dined out and went to movies together. Finally, they got married. It wasn't long before they had eight little ones swimming around. One day Sharkey had to leave Oscar in charge of the kids while she went to visit her sick mother. He tried his best but just didn't have enough arms to take care of everything. He frantically calls his wife, who rushes home to find Oscar very sick.  A visit to the doctor tells him the problem is he needs eight arms to do everything. The doctor had a solution.  No I am not going to tell you what the solution was. You need to read the book to find out.
This was a great myth to teach children how the octopus got his eight arms. It would also be a great way to introduce the writing of myths.

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