A House for Hermit Crab (The World of Eric Carle) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 143 user ratings

" This was cute and I liked that the hermit crab basically utilized all his friends to make his home more comfortable; however, it wasn't my favorite by Eric Carle. " said.

"A house for a hermit crab was a book about a littler hermit crab who had out grown his previous shell. he had to find a new home to live in, one day the little hermit crab found a home that fit him just right, but the shell was too plain for the hermit crab. so the little hermit crab was walking around and found sea anemone, he told them that they were so beautiful and asked one of them if they would come live on his house, the littlest sea anemone said he would live on the hermit crabs house. so the little hermit crab and the anemone kept walking when they stumbled upon a group starfish, the hermit crab asked if one of them would help decorate his house, so the little starfish said he would live on the shell. this processes carries on for most of the book until he finally realizes somethings wrong.

the beautiful illustrations make this book come to life, like most of Eric Carle's books they are very simple illustrations but they are very beautiful. the style is like taking pieces of paper and making a picture out of them. the text is very simple and small as to not overpower the illustrations. this story has a theme of courage as the hermit crab must leave home to find a new one, and even though his new house is boring he embraces this opportunity to make his shell his own. also i feel like this could be showing kids that everyone brings something different to the world (beauty, light, cleanliness) and when you combine them its something wonderful.
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"I have always loved Eric Carle's books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of my favorite childhood stories and my son's childhood was filled with a variety of other delightful tales from Mr. Carle. Imagine my complete surprise when I found this book at our local bookstore, it is one I'd never seen before. Of course Mr. Carle never disappoints, and I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional story of the hermit crab, which also has some non-fiction elements involving the vocabulary and definitions in the back of the book. I can easily see it inspiring curiosity in its readers to learn more about the ocean and the new terminology it introduces.

Filled with the glorious illustrations that he is famous for, Carle's book takes its readers on the journey with the hermit crab as he outgrows his first home and finds another one, which he then decorates in unique and interesting ways. I believe this story is well suited as a read-aloud for younger children, and would be most appropriate for primary readers in grades K-2. Our hermit crab introduces fantastic new vocabulary words that are defined in the back of the book: sea urchins, lanternfish, and more. This information about the ocean environment could then lead to the introduction of expository texts on the same subject. This story also provides students an opportunity to practice listening skills along with sequencing, particularly with the order of the items the hermit crab adds to his shell along his journey. I could also see this book used to conduct an interesting discussion about how we sometimes outgrow things and don't need them anymore, which would provide an interesting connection to students own lives.

Five stars to Eric Carle for another wonderful children's story.
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"This book starts off with a brave yet simple character depicted by a friendly Hermit Crab. It is January and it is time for Hermit Crab to find a new shell/house to live in. Hermit Crab shows bravery by adventuring off into the ocean in search to find a new home leaving his old loved one behind. He eventually finds one but comes to decide that the shell that fits him snuggly is too plain. So continuing with his adventure he find friends to help decorate his home. For example, coral, starfish, sea urchins, and other sea creatures. They eventually make his home perfect, with light protection and love. But then Hermit Crab realizes he has continued to grow over the months while he has been decorating and making a family with his home and it is yet again time to find a new shell. He again shows his bravery by now leaving a family behind and venturing out into the ocean again.

The point of view is third person in this story but the reader can still see the story through Hermit Crab's eyes. As the months pass over the pages the reader also forgets Hermit Crab is growing and will eventually need to start this whole process over again, for example. The reader feeling his emotions continues when you become sad that Hermit Crab actually does have to leave his new family behind but you too are also hopeful because of how excited he now is to start this over again and find even more friends. It is very heart warming. Eric Carle does a great job of showing a difficult emotion through a children's story without making the child or reader ever feel depressed or sad, just more understanding. The illustrations are perfect. Taking place in an ocean the reader expects to open a book full of blue hard to read pages; instead you open to find white pages with just the right amount of color on them that really match the picture the reader is drawing in their heads as their eyes read over the words. This book is just great.
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" Cute little story about a hermit crab that decides to decorate his new shell. " said.

" As per usual, the illustrations in this book by Eric Carle are marvelous, but here the author also encourages decoration ideas from the immediate environment. " said.

" Good beginner reader that goes through the months of the year, about friendship and the beauty inherent within our differences. " said.

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