Octopuses

Octopuses

Book - 2007
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Describes the special abilities that octopuses have to help them survive and thrive in the warm coral reefs and the cold depths of the world's oceans.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Company, 2007.
ISBN: 9780822560630
0822560631
Characteristics: 39 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 x 29 cm.

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frances7laidlaw
Mar 01, 2019

To readers: Do not read this book.
To librarians: Do not re-order this book.

It is appalling to me that an author who is described as the author of numerous award-winning books; and who is a consultant to the National Science Foundation is so very wrong.

She calls the octopus's appendages "tentacles." Octopuses do not have tentacles. They have arms. Only two cephalopods or decapods have tentacles: cuttlefish and squids.

This is a pet peeve. I have wondered why so many people who look at the octopus when visiting the Shedd Aquarium ïncorrectly squeal: "Oh, look at the tentacles."and now I know why. They read incorrect information from authors like Sandra Markle who did not bother to research their topic.

Better book? Borrow "Octopuses" by Judith Jango-Cohen.

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