The Crab Man

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Neville’s father works in Jamaica’s sugarcane fields, and while the family makes do, there’s no extra money for Neville’s fondest wish: to buy his mother a pretty new dress. When Neville learns that the crabs he catches for pay are being mistreated, he must decide either to look the other way or protect the wildlife he loves and forget about buying a present for his mother. The Crab Man raises important questions about doing what’s right in an uncertain world.

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Overview

Neville’s father works in Jamaica’s sugarcane fields, and while the family makes do, there’s no extra money for Neville’s fondest wish: to buy his mother a pretty new dress. When Neville learns that the crabs he catches for pay are being mistreated, he must decide either to look the other way or protect the wildlife he loves and forget about buying a present for his mother. The Crab Man raises important questions about doing what’s right in an uncertain world.

When Neville sees the hermit crabs which he so gently collected being mistreated by the crab man at a Jamaican hotel, he no longer wants to supply them but would thereby forfeit his income.

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Neville sells crabs to the crab man in order to buy his mother a new dress. His father, who works in the cane plantation, brings home very little money, and the dollar that the boy earns is most welcome. But when Neville sees his crabs mistreated at a Jamaican hotel, he has to decide what to do. (PreS-Gr 4) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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On the island of Jamaica many people depend on the tourist trade, and Neville does, too. The small boy catches hermit crabs and sells them to the crab man, six for one US dollar. He's saving money to buy his mother a new dress, "a fancy one the color of the sea." One day Neville sees that the crab man stages races for the tourists, abusing the crabs in the process. The boy is horrified. Snatching his crabs back, he makes a run for home. There, with his mother's understanding, he releases the overheated crabs into the cool shade of the bushes near the beach. The moralizing tone is reduced by the fresh setting and straightforward narrative. Lucas's softly colored illustrations effectively capture the tropical setting, Neville's pleasure in the natural world, his pride at earning money, and his consternation when he realizes the true cost of his actions. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890515256
  • Publisher: Turtle Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.27 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2001

    Best of All Worlds

    The Crab Man provides a fascinating glimpse at Jamaican life through a child's eyes. Beyond that, it tells a compelling story that children all over the world can understand. As little Neville struggles with a tough decision, readers (and listeners!) have a chance to examine their own values and feelings about the earth's creatures. The writing is graceful and clear; the illustrations bring the story's rich setting to life. It's a perfect book to read aloud, but older children will also enjoy making their way through the pages alone.

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