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Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem: she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new. At last, when Chrissie is ready to give up all hope, she has a conversation with God. She begs him to make her into a creature like the wonderful animals she has seen, but God has something better in mind. God ...
Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem: she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new. At last, when Chrissie is ready to give up all hope, she has a conversation with God. She begs him to make her into a creature like the wonderful animals she has seen, but God has something better in mind. God explains why He has made Chrissie the way she is. He then directs her to the pond, where Chrissie finally captures a vision of herself as God sees her. She realizes her shell is not empty after all and that God loves her just the way she is.
Posted July 5, 2011
I have read this book over and over for the kids. They really loved all the pictures and related to how Chrissie was feeling. I liked how this book was able to easily lead into an in depth conversation with the kids. My kids range from under one to teenagers. The older kids enjoyed reading it to the younger and they were able to give personal examples to the younger for them to understand.
This book not only teaches how to be thankful for who and what you are, but also how each person is created with different abilities that make the world a better place.
The illustrator of this book did a fantastic job, as each animal had a personality each their own just through their eyes. The "cuteness" of the animals made this very easy to keep the younger children engrossed in the story, as they listened to very important life lessons.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has children in the house. It would be a wonderful addition to any library and to anyone who would like to help teach the lesson presented in this book.
The kids enjoyed the discussions and sharing that this book produced after each and every reading. It has helped in leaving not only life lessons learned, but also endearing family moments that will forever remain in our minds.
Keep in mind that this book also led into conversations about death because of the death of Chrissie, whom this book is named for. It is surprising how this book has opened a valuable experience in speaking with my kids about topics such as these.
Posted June 6, 2011
Chrissie's Shell is about a little turtle who is feeling empty. She cannot see anything inside her shell and assumes it is empty. In the forest, Chrissie sees all sorts of "real" animals and wants to be like them. She sees a mouse and wants to run fast like the mouse. A squirrel goes up a tree and Chrissie wishes she could climb trees. Even the slow hedgehog gets Chrissie wishing to be as strong as the hedgehog's quills.
Chrissie spends her days dreaming about all the animals she wants to be and wakes up disappointed to find she is still herself. She forgets all the good things she does, like the time she took an injured young lizard home. Even though it was a long, all day ride, the lizard's parents were ecstatic to have their child brought home safely. Chrissie also uses her shell as shelter for a butterfly caught in the rain. She doesn't give herself credit, nor does she see that her "empty" shell has great value.
Finally, Chrissie asks God to make her a real someone. He questions her notion that she isn't already a real someone, but Chrissie wants to be strong like a bear or fast like a bunny. God thinks a shell would be too small for the bear and the bunny's cottontail would look funny sticking out from the shell. God asks Chrissie to go to the pond and look in the water. There Chrissie sees her reflection for the first time. She finally understands that she is a real someone and her shell is not empty - it contains her. Chrissie is happy and no longer wants to be someone she is not.
This is a cute story that any child can identify with. Who didn't want to be the kid down the block that got all the hits at the game or always got the A at school? Or, maybe the kid with the pool in the backyard and the "cool parents?" Through Chrissie the turtle, kids can see that we were meant to be who we are, not who we want to be.
It is difficult to review this without mentioning God since He is a part of the story. Chrissie talks to God when she realizes she will never be able to change into someone "real" by imagining it to be. The Christian tone of this story may be the very reason some parents will not buy this book for their kids. That would be a shame because it is a great little story about self worth. That is something we all need regardless of our religious beliefs.
The illustrations could tell the story without any narration. They are spot on compatible with the text, very colorful and Chrissie is the most adorable turtle you will ever see.
Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher
Posted April 8, 2011
Chrissie's Shell is a darling heartwarming tale of a turtle who dreams of being somebody else. She feels her shell is empty, until God shows her who she really is! Beautifully illustrated pictures of the animals she helps, without thinking. Also it shows pictures of the ones she desires to be.
My 4 year old was hysterically laughing at the bear in a turtle shell.
The story shows a great story of acceptance, would recommend this book as a real keeper.
I was provided a copy of this book by Warner Press, the opinions expressed are my own.
Posted April 1, 2011
Chrissie's Shell is a heartwarming tale of a little turtle that dreams of being somebody different until God shows her that she is just who she was intended to be. The animal characters are loveable and beautifully illustrated. I think every child needs to have this book in his/her library. It will foster great conversation between parent and child, give the child the sense of pride in who they and will allow the child to explore all the wonderful things they can do. As both a teacher of small children and a mother, I just loved this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2011
Chrissie's Shell is a thought-provoking, whimisical story about a turtle who is looking for a way to fill her empty shell. Chrissie believes her shell is empty and spends the day wandering thru the forest wishing she was as amazing as the other creatures she happens upon. She's not as fast as mouse, nor can she climb as high as a squirrel and imagines herself in each of these roles, believing that if she could do any of these things, then maybe her shell wouldn't be empty. Chrissie doesn't realize, as she journeys along, that the things she does are just as amazing.
At the end of her travels, she asks God why her shell was empty and couldn't she please have it filled with one of the other critters that she met. God tells Chrissie that he has already filled the shell with the most amazing thing that God could think of and that was Chrissie herself.
I loved the illustrations in the book, they were drawn in a charming and endearing way, that I'm sure wee folks will find visually enjoyable. The moral of the story, that God made us each as we are and we are all perfect, is a good moral to pass along to our children. God's message is that you don't have to be something you are not...for you are perfect just the way you are~!!
"I praise you because I am...wonderfully made" - Psalm 139:14
Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem: she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new.
Posted July 5, 2010