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Angry Octopus

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Author/Publisher/Website: Lite, L.
Copyright: 2011
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Jun/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780983625681
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

When an octopus wakes up to find that his seashell rock garden has been destroyed by lobsters passing by he gets very upset and shoots black ink in anger, but then he feels frustrated, out of control, and not the boss of his body. A sea child swims by and stops to help by teaching the octopus to control his anger and regain control of himself through breathing and relaxation exercises and the octopus discovers that being calm also helps him to think clearly. This colourful and descriptive picture book can be used as a read-aloud or part of a calm-down routine to help primary students learn how to become calm, control their anger, develop self-control, and relax.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This story fits into the K-3 Language Arts Curriculum as "Stories help us learn about ourselves", as well as "Language and stories can be a source of creativity and joy." It also fits the Mental and Well-being section of the K-3 Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Social Considerations Comments:
There are no social considerations for this story.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book with colourful drawings that will hold the attention of children. The language is at a level that children will relate to. As all children have felt angry at one time or another the theme in this book will be helpful to all. The content could be differentiated to use in a small group or special ed setting by using only part of the story at a time as part of a calm-down routine.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
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Is the resource easy to use?
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Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
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Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
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Comments:
The book is easy to read with colourful pictures and writing on each page. The pictures themselves are very engaging and after having heard the story a time or two, young children who are not able to read themselves yet would be able to follow the actions of the octopus.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Extensively
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Extensively
Plot description:
An octopus wakes up one morning to discover that his seashell rock garden has been destroyed in the night by passing lobsters. This makes him very angry. When he gets angry he shoots out black ink. This makes him frustrated and out of control. He does not like feeling that he is not the boss of his own body and he can't see through the ink. A friendly sea child is swimming by and she stops to see if she can help. Through breathing and relaxation exercises she teaches the octopus how he can control his anger and once again become the boss of his own body. Through doing the calm-down exercises they develop a friendship and the octopus learns that being calm helps him to think clearly.
Related Comments:
The visuals in the book are colourful and descriptive; they show the octopus going through the tightening steps of his body and then the relaxation phases as directed by the sea child. The language is such that children could relate to the way the octopus is feeling and describing how the madder he got the tighter his muscles got and his stomach rumbled like a volcano. The theme of being angry and following a calm-down routine to regain control of your self is well developed. The book also shows how once you are calm and in control things look better and you can think more clearly.
Genre:
Contemporary
Literary Highlights:
Well-developed themes
Effective figurative language
Type:
Picture book
Visual Highlights:
Picture book

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Above intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The back of the book indicates that there is a colouring book entitled "Angry Octopus Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm", that could accompany the story. This book is available from Amazon or at StressFree.Kids.com. Lesson plans are also available for purchase through the StressFree Kids website.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This picture book would best be used as a read-aloud. Grade 3 students could read it themselves but younger students would need to hear the story. It would work well to be read to a group in a setting where the students could lay on the floor and practice the breathing activities with the octopus. The story could also be adapted and used in a special education setting as a calm-down routine.
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