Perfect Picture Book Friday is back! Today’s pick is Little Red Cuttlefish.
Written by: Henry Herz, Josh Herz, and Harrison Herz
Illustrated by: Kate Gotfredson
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. (September 2016)
Suitable for ages: 5-8
Themes/Topics: bravery, marine life, fractured fairy tale
Brief Synopsis: Little Red takes crab cakes to Grandmother Cuttlefish’s corral, but when she gets there, the big, bad, hungry tiger shark threatens to eat them. Little Red’s quick thinking and smooth moves saves the day!
Life under the sea is captured beautifully in the colorful and detailed illustrations by Kate Gotfredson. The movement and vibrant depiction of marine life brought back many fond memories of my experiences diving and snorkeling around the world.
Why I like this book: Little Red Cuttlefish is a fun, lively aquatic retelling of the classic Little Red Riding hood tale. Ocean references and active language is used throughout the story. The author’s note includes information about cuttlefish and tiger sharks and provides online resources for further reading. A nice addition for any home, elementary school, or classroom library.
Resources: The BBC, NOVA, PBS, etc. has cool videos on cuttlefish here.
The book also includes links to learn more about oceans and sea life from Oceana, Animal Planet, National Geographic and many others.
For more reviews of today’s picks, visit author Susanna Hill’s blog here.
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