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Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always Hardcover – June 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735651
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tao Nyeu is the creator of Wonder Bear, which won the Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators and a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award Honor; and Bunny Days, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and a Golden Kite Award Honor. Tao was born in Ohio and grew up in New York. She earned a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She now lives in Southern California.

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Wonderful short stories and sweet illustrations.
NerdK
This book is both sweet and funny (like really funny in a quirky off-beat sort of way). ;)
Kate
A quirky book that my 3 year-old loves for bedtime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadingVegan on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a school librarian and chose this book as a read-aloud for the first week of school for my 2nd and 3rd grade classes. They loved it, especially the side conversations going on in the background. Some of the language was new to them, such as "quarrel" and "muse," which afforded opportunities to think about what the words might mean and make inferences based on the story, surrounding words, pictures, or each other's prior knowledge. It's a little tricky as a read-aloud because of the small details and words that are hard to see from far away, though we did have fun with it anyway. It's probably better suited to reading with just a couple of children up close and having them follow along with the words or read the side conversations themselves. There is a lot to discover in the pictures and lots to talk about in each story, making this a great book to share with a special young friend or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Nichols on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tao Nyeu presents four short stories in her latest picture book about two BFFs, or make that FFAs (Friends for Always). The first story starts with a spat, as the two friends disagree on a chilly day whether socks or mittens should be worn on tentacles. Not a problem for most readers, but then we're not cephalopods. The second story offers a surprise. When Squids dreams he has X-ray vision, readers get to lift the flap to see what's going on inside a giant submarine cruise ship. Story number three, "The Hat," is the strongest of the bunch. Octopus finds a cowboy boot and decides it's a hat. His confidence in his choice wilts as other sea creatures see the boot as a vase, flowerpot, and doorstop. Luckily Squid shares his friend's vision. In the final story, the pair imagine what the fortune in their cookie holds for them.

Nyeu creates a whimsical world for the friends to inhabit. Her silkscreen illustrations, in subdued pastel hues, are intricate and full of surprises. Beginning readers will pour over the witty details and asides, such as a pair of lobsters gossiping over bowls of soup. ("So I heard Lucy molted the other day." "You don't say!")

Squid and Octopus is a charming addition in the long tradition of fictional duos.
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This book is so whimsically drawn and has sweet stories. I really liked it, and was pleasantly surprised to even see a die cut included it. However, my nearly 4 year is still getting used to the idea that we don't read every book cover to cover every bedtime - so the multiple story format is something he's getting used to. His attention also started to waiver a little, so I may put this on the shelf and revisit in another month or two.
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By Amelia on June 11, 2014
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I'm reading this book to my Sunday School class. They love the pictures and conversations and the friendship between Squid and Octopus is better than Spongebob and Squidward!
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By NerdK on May 18, 2014
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Wonderful short stories and sweet illustrations. Themes include resolving arguments, appreciating one's own talents, following one's instincts, and sharing tea.
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Can't get enough of the adorable illustrations and commentary. This book is both sweet and funny (like really funny in a quirky off-beat sort of way). ;) Makes me smile every time I read it with my boys.
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By jenkaybird on March 3, 2014
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I bought this book as a gift for my friends three kids aged 3-7, and they can't put it down. It's a big win!
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By Miranda K. on December 30, 2013
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This book has sweet stories about friendship. We actually decorated our baby nursery in these colors and framed some of the illustrations from the book.
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