written by Stella Blackstone; illustrated by Stephanie Bauer
(Barefoot Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Octopus Opposites is a charming book for very young readers that would be a popular read aloud in preschool and a big hit as a bedtime story. Each set of pages rhyme (Elephant young, elephant old. Polar bear hot, polar bear cold.) and are accompanied by illustrations that are vibrant and sweet. Children will love the animals represented on each page and enjoy learning about opposites by reading this book again and again. In the back of the book, all of the land animals are represented together and the sea animals on another page. Each set of opposites are shown together on the last page. With the vivid animal illustrations and rhymes, this would be a good book to use with English language learners. I also think you could use this to teach preschoolers how print works. The text is fairly large and located at the bottom of each page which makes ideal for using your finger to point under each word. On a lighter note, if you are going to a baby shower anytime soon, you would do well to purchase Octopus Opposites as a gift.
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