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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
What would you be able to do if you were an octopus? With eight legs, would you be able to do more things at once and get all those nasty chores out of the way faster? Shani T. Night’s picture book story, If I Were An Octopus (Interesting Tales), is an endearingly simple story. It will have the very young reader thinking creatively, working on their counting skills, recognizing the importance of daily chores, and learning the days of the week. There are seven days in a week, and each day has specific responsibilities; homework on most days, washing dishes, cleaning the rug, cleaning your room, and so much more. But, with eight legs, could you accomplish it all in one day and have the remaining days to play and read? Sounds like an excellent plan to me.
If I Were An Octopus (Interesting Tales) is told in simple language so the young reader can follow along and learn to recognize some of the words like chores, thus helping them develop their reading skills. The bright, bold, colorful illustrations help carry the story along, giving the young reader more opportunity to recognize numbers, days of the week, and so on. The author Shani T. Night has written a great interactive and fun educational book. Young children will enjoy learning to read, count, and recognizing the numbers 1 to 8, developing responsibility, and realizing that daily chores are as important as fun and games, all while learning the value of quality family time. Brilliant!