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Scientists have found that octopuses are curious, intelligent, and determined. To see these traits in action, watch the video below from Octolab of an octopus figuring out how to get a hard-to-reach snack. For even more octopus content, see the "Adorabilis" octopus on the Weekly Readalouds page.
Inky the octopus, from "Inky the Octopus Escapes from a New Zealand Aquarium," New York Times, April 13, 2016
A persistent, problem-solving octopus squeezes through the narrow neck of a glass beaker to eat the mussel at the bottom.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal