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A House for Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab

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by Eric Carle
     
 

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Poor Hermit Crab! He's outgrown his snug little shell, so he finds himself a larger one—and many new friends to decorate and protect his new house. But what will happen when he outgrows this shell, and has to say good-bye to all the sea creatures who have made Hermit Crab's house a home?

Children facing change in their own lives will relate to Hermit Crab's

Overview

Poor Hermit Crab! He's outgrown his snug little shell, so he finds himself a larger one—and many new friends to decorate and protect his new house. But what will happen when he outgrows this shell, and has to say good-bye to all the sea creatures who have made Hermit Crab's house a home?

Children facing change in their own lives will relate to Hermit Crab's story—and learn a lot about the fascinating world of marine life along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just right for a board book, Eric Carle's A House for Hermit Crab takes his tale of a crustacean in search of a new shell home to youngest readers. PW wrote, "Carle's underwater neighborhood is snug, dynamic and full of possibilities." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hermit Crab moves out of his small shell on the sea floor, in search of a new residence. When he finds a bigger place, a sea anemone offers to move in with him; a starfish agrees to decorate the joint. A snail and a sea urchin are employed for cleaning and protection, a lantern fish for lighting and smooth pebbles are used for a wall. Hermit lives happily for a while, until it is time to move again, to a still larger place. Carle's underwater neighborhood is snug, dynamic and full of possibilities. Droplets of color enrich the sea bottom and blades of seaweed are superimposed on the bright white background, in pictures that are occasionally quite abstract, but always engaging. All ages. (March)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As the hermit crab moves to successively larger shells, children who have experienced change in their lives such as moving or starting in a new school will be able to relate to and laugh at his trials. A modern-day fable that is based on the habits of the hermit crab; the book also describes the wonders of marine life and is beautifully illustrated with collage art.
Children's Literature
While reading about the hermit crab that moves to successively larger shells, children who have experienced change in their lives such as moving or starting in a new school will be able to relate to and laugh at its trials. It is a modern-day fable that is based on the habits of the hermit crab and also describes the wonders of marine life. It is beautifully illustrated with Carle's collage art. Since there is quite a bit of text for a board book it is a rather small type size and is really not a book that young children will read. Parents and caregivers will need to read the text, but the kids will love the art, which in itself tells the story. For those who are interested there are excellent descriptions of the marine life featured in the book on the last page. This book could also be quite useful in programs where kids have the ability to read the text, but do not have the fine motor skills needed to handle a less substantial book. 2004 (orig. 1987), Simon & Schuster, Ages 2 to 5.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Hermit Crab, having outgrown his old shell, sets out to find a new one. He's a bit frightened at first, but over the course of the next year acquires not only a shell, but also an array of sea creatures to decorate, clean, and protect his new home. The story ends with him once again outgrowing his shell. He finds a new ``tenant'' to look after his friends and sets off on a new adventurea big empty shell with ``so many possibilities.'' This simply-told fable is replete with gentle messages about growing, moving on, accepting new challenges, interdependence, and building self-confidence. It is beautifully illustrated and designed in bold, full-color, distinctively Carle collages. Carle includes a little factual information about the various sea creatures mentioned in the story at the end of the book. A good solid picture book with many story hour and bibliotherapy possibilities. Luann Toth, Summit Free Public Library, N.J.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A note at the beginning states that the hermit crab protects his soft abdomen by borrowing a shell to live in. Here, Hermit Crab moves from a shell that is too small to a larger shell. He then decorates his new home with friendly sea creatures. In March he picks a sea anemone and puts it on his shell. In April he acquires a sea star. In May he adds a piece of coral In June a snail is added to his shell. In July a sea urchin is placed near his shell. In September a lanternfish is willing to swim near the shell and light things up. In October Hermit Crab arranges pebbles around his house for a wall. In the following months he grows too big for his shell, finds a larger shell, and gives his decorated house to a smaller crab. He looks forward to decorating his new house. The brightly colored pictures are created by collage and finger paint. At the end further information is given about the various creatures mentioned. Children will learn the months and information about sea creatures while they enjoy this paperback edition of a classic with a CD of the story being read aloud. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689872327
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
32

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Education:
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
Website:
http://www.eric-carle.com/

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