A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (Paperback)
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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Reading Level: 5+
"A House for Hermit Crab is a delightful story about under the sea friendship. Hermit Crab feels that his shell is too plain and enlists the help of sea creatures such as anemones and urchins to help him spruce it up, protect, and light it. At the end of the story, Hermit Crab graciously passes his shell on to another crab in need.
This story has beautiful illustrations, a positive message about working together and being kind to those in need, as well as exciting new ocean animal names with accurate scientific descriptions in the back of the book for reference. Students can enjoy a creative story while learning about how to be a kind person and about the natural world."
"In this undersea fiction story, Eric Carle focuses on the changes a certain hermit crab must go through. This hermit crab wants to spruce up his shell, so he goes crawling along to find some help. Along the way he meets some sea anemones, starfish, and a few other sea creatures. Eventually he gets too big for his shell and must regretfully change houses. Fortunately, a smaller hermit crab comes his way and he can happily pass on his old home. This hermit crab can help teach children that change is not to be dreaded, but instead new experiences can be very exciting. I would ask my students to create a picture of a house that they would like to live in. Then to create a picture of the house they currently live in. Finally I would ask the students to compare the two houses and explain the similarities and differences."
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