I love this book. Every time I read it, I truly want to give this zany character a big, big hug. Hello, My Name is Octicorn, by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe, makes us squeal with laughter, makes us think, and gives us so much to discuss. My new mantra with Pickle is "kind hearts, kind words, kind hands," and we are able to talk about the importance of this saying in detail whenever we read this sweet story.
Octicorn is the child of- you guessed it- a unicorn and an octopus. And as you also probably guessed, this sweet guy has a hard time fitting in, as he is not quite sure whether he belongs on land or in sea. Though Octi is lonely and a bit self-depricating, he does take comfort in his positive attributes that would make him one heck of a wonderful friend. And as he shares some of his rather unique but awesome traits with the reader, you can't help but see yourself in Octi's quirks and longing for connection.
Octicorn's earnestness -- together with his willingness to lay it all on the line to show potential new friends that despite his perceived differences, he is truly just like everyone else -- gets me every time. I love the way Hello, My Name is Octicorn enables Pickle to discuss the significance of kind hearts and kind words and how it is so important to treat everyone with respect no matter how different someone may seem from him. It also gives us fodder to discuss what it means to be unique, and how we all have qualities and characteristics different from our friends and classmates. These unique attributes, rather than something to shy away from, are ones to celebrate. Every relationship can provide an eye opening learning experience- or, as I tell Pickle, something really awesome that you may not have known about before. I still can't quite put my finger on why this book resonates with me so much, but it does, and I love it so! And I'm not the only one -- Amazon editors ranked this a top twenty pick of 2016 for 3-5 year olds. Enjoy!
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