How The Octopus Got Eight Arms

Two Arms Are Never Enough

by Yvonne Arroyo


Book Details

When octopi first came to sea, they had two arms like you and me.

When Oscar Octopus meets—and is smitten by—the lovely Sharkey McGhee, they begin to date: strolling the ocean floor arm in arm, dining out, and going to the movies. Shortly after their fairy tale wedding, they are blessed by eight offspring. The trouble is that Oscar doesn’t have enough arms to hold them all! In this delightfully illustrated book, you’ll discover how Oscar adjusts to the demands of family life…and how the octopus got eight arms!


About the Author

Yvonne Arroyo

About the Author: Yvonne Arroyo spent 32 years as a bilingual Spanish teacher for the Chicago and Trenton school systems. She has written several poems and chants for children and currently lives in Vacaville, CA. About the Illustrator: Carl Wanzung has taught both Art and Preschool to Second Language learners in Chicago Public Schools for the past 30 years. His own art work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Japan and Scotland and is privately collected.