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Octopus Alone

Last updated Thursday, September 24, 2020

Author: Divya Srinivasan
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0670785156
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2016

Synopsis: Divya Srinivasan produces a visually appealing story of a bashful, doe-eyed orange octopus venturing away from home to escape the friendly enthusiasm of three seahorses. Reserved or introspective children may sympathize with the octopus, who employs authentic octopus tricks like camouflaging her color and squirting ink at the boisterous trio before escaping to deeper waters. Srinivasan shows children a wonderful part of the natural world in a very warm-hearted way.

Note to readers:
•  Hear and see this book read aloud on YouTube!
•  The inside cover has pictures and names of various sea animals.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Is the octopus alone on the cover?
•  Have you ever been to an aquarium?
•  If you've been to an aquarium what kinds of things did you see?


•  Scene- the place of an event or action
•  Anemone- a small, brightly colored sea animal that looks like a flower
•  Crevice- a narrow opening or crack in a rock
•  Goggling- to look at something with your eyes very open that shows that you are surprised, amazed
•  Magnificent- very beautiful or impressive
•  Fascinating- very interesting
•  Algae- simple plants that have no leaves or stems and grow in water

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Who wanted to play with the octopus?
•  What are the different ways that the octopus hides from the sea horses?
•  Do you like to play hide and seek?
•  What kind of song does the octopus hear?
•  Why does the octopus decide to go home after her nap?

Craft ideas:
•  Have kids make an octopus. Cut the head of the octopus out of construction paper, or use a paper plate. Draw a face and then glue, tape or tie legs to the bottom using strips of paper, string, yarn, or ribbon. See samples on Pinterest.
•  Draw a picture of the colorful world under the sea. Look at the inside cover of the book for inspiration.
•  Check out our April craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/april-2016-animal-crafts/

Special activities:
•  Play a recording of a whale 'song.' Youtube has video clips.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!