Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan The characters in the this book are creatures from the reef and they are living in a busy community. I think there are children who will appreciate and understand Octopus. By reading about Octopus' journey, I think the reader will be able to learn more about themselves. Do they like the busy community Octopus likes, leaves, and misses? Do they like the open and quiet space he discovers and enjoys for a bit of time. I think the reader will ask questions about why Octopus inks the water which could foster discussion about protecting and being bashful.
Our lives tend to get really busy, if we let them. Being in a classroom of twenty plus students can be very overwhelming. I often find some children need to take a break from each other. Octopus is a great mentor for realizing this and then realizing it's okay to go back and be with your community when you miss them.