Ori the Octopus by Anne Helen Donnelly
Anne Helen Donnelly, 2017. ISBN 9780646962207
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Ori the Octopus is a good friend and his eight legs come in handy when everyone needs help. Ori can make a cake while cuddling a baby. He can sip his tea and help a hurt friend. Can he remember what he needs to do when his legs get too busy? Can you sip a bandaid and mix a baby? Oh no! What will Ori do? Can his friends help Ori?
Ori the Octopus is a gorgeous story about helping others. Ori is a fantastic role model for children and so are his friends - asking for help can be hard. The pictures are bright and colourful and it will be a great bedtime story. The book is also great for the classroom. It models how to treat your friends and how to help them. It is great for problem solving. The character cut-outs can be added to popsticks for retelling and the actions can be acted out, keeping the children engaged and active during the story. This book is highly recommended for children aged 4+.