For over 40 years, Eric Carle has brought fun stories and unique illustrations filled with bright colors to the lives of children. Whether their delight is a hungry caterpillar, a grouchy ladybug, or busy spider, there is certain to be something for everyone. That includes A House for Hermit Crab.
When one little hermit crab outgrows his shell, it’s time for him to go and find a new one. What luck—he finds one that is just the right size. Now he continues on his sea-wide journey, he does all sorts of things with his new shell with the help of all the different sea creatures he meets. Everyone gets a hand in sprucing up the shell; a snail cleans it, a starfish decorates it, and a lantern fish gives some light. It’s a wonderful home, but the crab just keeps on growing and eventually he has to move out once again and find a brand new home.
Eric Carle is well-known for his childrens books and A House for Hermit Crab is one of his many delightful stories. He manages to take something as simple as a small animal and bring it to life on the pages, infusing the story with all sorts of other animals that interact and do fun things. His unique illustration methods are easily recognizable. Collectors of Carle’s books—kids and adults alike—will enjoy having this among the titles.
A House for Hermit Crab is also available in three different formats. Hardcover will give it a long shelf life for those who will read this book again and again. Paperback costs a little less, and is good for those who prefer the soft covers in kids’ hands. It also comes as a board book which is ideal for little hands to grasp. All are good for children ages 5-8, but can be fun for those that are even younger or older.
No matter what, it’s a story that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. The bright colors and helpful animals are quite enjoyable and it’s hard not to appreciate the style of Eric Carle.