A House for Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab

by Eric Carle


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Eric Carle’s classic A House for Hermit Crab comes to life in this interactive book and CD package.

Based on the true behaviors of the hermit crab, young readers will empathize with Hermit Crab as he grows out of one house after another and searches for the perfect home. Children who must change schools, move to a new town, or even graduate to a new grade in school will relate to Hermit Crab’s situation and take heart as they see that growing up isn’t really so scary after all.

Eric Carle addresses the challenges of growing up with whimsy and wisdom in this modern classic that appeals to children and adults alike. This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of the story being read aloud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887080562
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 08/20/1991
Series: World of Eric Carle Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 243,145
Product dimensions: 8.37(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children, including The Tiny Seed, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, and 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 advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold nearly fifty million copies and has been translated into sixty-five languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle lives in the Florida Keys.

Keith Nobbs has appeared on Broadway in The Lion In Winter and off-Broadway in Dog Sees God, Romance, The Hasty Heart, Bye Bye Birdie, Dublin Carol, and Four (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Nomination). His film credits include Phone Booth, Double Whammy, and 25th Hour. Television credits include The Black Donnellys (series regular), Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Sopranos.


Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York


Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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A House for Hermit Crab 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A House for Hermit Crab", is a very good book. It is for third, fourth, and fifth grade. The book is about a Hermit Crab who is looking for a bigger house and friends to help it make it beautiful. This book teaches students ways to communicate with people. The book is also very educational. It talks about many different sea creatures, and describes what they are in the ocean for. The book has many colorful pictures also. I think that children would really enjoy this book.
carriedold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book can be used in a few different ways. It can be used for a sequencing lesson. Change can be a scary or sad, but it is a good thing. Introduction to sea life.
DBake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We read this book in French and we love it!
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great educational picture book on marine life. A hermit crab outgrows his old shell and finds a new one, adding different sea creatures to his shell every month, to make it feel like home. The books is a great way to learn about change and making new friends. It also has a list of the sea animals in the back telling a little bit about each of them and their functions. It would be good to start a marine life lesson with this book. Good for grades 1-4.
klpopwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book that demonstrates how this certain animal grows and changes. Also has great ocean vocabulary and brilliant illustrations.
bekstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an example of fantasy. Even though the story is unrealistic, the story is very believeable. The story includes animals with personified characteristics. It tells the truths of a hermit crabs life trying to find a new home in a fun way that helps students understand the life of marine animals. I would use this book in an intermediate classroom. The type of media used is collage.
sarahbeth109 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute story about a lonely hermit crab and his quest for friendship. Teaches good character and life skills. An interesting way to introduce sea life and eric Carle's unique art form.
michelleramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book about a Hermit Crab that has grown too big for his shell. He sets out to find a new, bigger home and also makes lots of friends along the way. His new shell is rather plain and he is looking for ways to decorate. He gets help from an anenome, a starfish, a lantern fish, some coral and many other wonderful sea creatures.
KimSiljeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really fun book to teach about adapting to change. Hermit the Crab outgrows his house and must find a new place to live. On his journey to find a new house he meets and makes new friends with the Sea anemone, Starfish Coral, Sea Urchin, Snail, Lattern fish and smooth pebbles who become like family. Time passes and Hermit crab outgrows his home and it is time to move again but he doesn't want to leave his friends. A smaller hermit crab meets our other crab explaining that he too is looking for a house. The smaller crab is offered the home with the condition that he be good to the other crab's friends. Hermit the Crab leaves his home embarking on a new journey looking for a place to live but he's not scared...he excited by all the possibilities. Great book to read to children on a lesson about change. Eric Carle does a really nice job demonstrating that although change can be kind of intimidating and scary at times, it is also good.
kmcgiverin05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a informational and a fantasy book about a hermit crab who needs a new shell and friends. I think it is a great example of informational because so much of it is about the different sea animals, there is so much to learn about the book. I would use this in the classroom to learn about sea animals, and to learn about how we feel when we grow out of our favorite things. The main character the Hermit Crab is round he is constantly growing (figuratively, and literally).
MarthaSohl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hermit crab outgrew his old shell and moved into a larger one which he thought was comfortable but too plain. He found a beautiful sea anemoe, starfish and coral that agreed to live on his shell to decorate it. Then he found a snail to keep it clean, a sea urchin to protect it, a latern fish to light it, and smooth pebbles to build a wall around his home. He grew too large for his now beautiful home so he let a smaller hermit crab move into his home because she promised to take care of his friends. Hermit crab found a larger shell and began his decorating all over.This is a touching story about helping others and developing caring friendships. Hermit crab also reminds me of my type A personality with his obsession to fix his home just right.This story cound be used as a science lesson in discussing ocean life. It is also a wonderful example of cooperation.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very, very cute story about a hermit crab who tries all sorts of creative ways to find a new house.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle is about a crab that grows out of its shell and leaves to find a new one. The crab travels along the ocean floor picking up peices to build his new home. Eventually, the crab finds a comfortable place inside a simple shell. The beautiful illustrations and story can be enjoyed by all.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Eric carle and I am a fan of his books. this is one of the many that are amazing! :P
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.