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A House for Hermit Crab

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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 story—and learn a lot about the fascinating world of marine life along the way.

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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.

A hermit crab who has outgrown his old shell moves into a new one, which he decorates and enhances with the various sea creatures he meets in his travels.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442472242
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: World of Eric Carle Series
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 728,714
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts 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. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts 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. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    What a Wonderful Read!

    As the cliché goes, 'Don't judge a book by its cover.'--- this is how you should approach House for a Hermit Crab. My 6 year old daughter wanted to get this book (free, as her class teacher gives books as 'awards' for filling up the reading logs) but when I saw the illustration on the cover, I suggested for her to choose something else... something better. One day, as we were picking out books from the library, I came across this book again. Curious, I took it and read it to my daughter. I was pleasantly surprised as the story was wonderfully written. The story imparts valuable lessons about courage and friendship. Although the illustrations may not be too appealing to the children, the story is amusing and amazing. I would recommend this to parents and children. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    recommended

    I have enjoyed reading this to my 4 year old. This is a great book about kindness, sharing, and also good for kids facing change (moving). It also sneaks in a lesson on the months of the year. But please be aware (as I wasn't) that the book for $4.95 (which I thought was a great deal) is only 4"x6". Not a full size book (it has all the pages but they're small). I'm returning mine so we can get the full size hardback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Excellent book on Kindness and Thinking of others

    Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors. He has such a creative way to bring the simplest insects, and animals to life with his art and writtings. The hermit crab is looking for a home and shows extreme kindness to all he meets. The end melts your heart. This book is a classic and would love to be next to another great story of Eric Carle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    A House for Hermit Crab

    My sister and I enjoy this book.I think it is cute and informational. Also the illustrations are nice.Good work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    I love Eric Carle

    I love Eric carle and I am a fan of his books. this is one of the many that are amazing! :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    Info-packed

    My son's mom won't let him have a hermit crab, but I did at my house. This book really came in handy for my son and I since it is informational as well as a fun story, just like 'Skog Forest' books.

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