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A House for Hermit Crab

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,026 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
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 l ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1987)
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Zoe Lampman
Nov 08, 2014 Zoe Lampman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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 accu
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Madeline Feldman
Jun 22, 2014 Madeline Feldman rated it it was amazing
A House for Hermit Crab is another example of Eric Carle's incredible ability to craft a simple yet meaningful story and let the beautiful illustrations be the star of the book. The book begins with a hermit crab who is growing up and has become too big for his current home-his shell. Luckily, he easily finds a new shell to live in, but he has decided that this new shell is much too simple for his liking and sets out to decorate his new home. On his journey, he meets many other sea creatures, su ...more
Bookstork Buzz
Feb 21, 2014 Bookstork Buzz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB is a charming story about the habits of a hermit crab, with a subtheme : the breaking away from the old and venturing out into the new.

When Hermit Crab outgrows his old shell, he has to find a bigger place in which to dwell. His new home is old and very plain. But, bit by bit, anemone and starfish and crusty coral come along to adorn it; snail keep it clean, sea urchin (prickly and fierce) love to protect it and lanternfish light it up. Hermit is a happy crab. Until his c
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Kym Machovina
Jan 29, 2014 Kym Machovina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A House for Hermit Crab is a wonderful story. Hermit Crab realizes he has outgrown his shell and has to find a new one. It is scary to have to leave the safety of your home and find a new home. Hermit Crab knows he must find a new home straight away because his home keeps him save in the open sea. He does accomplish finding a home that fits just right very quickly. This home even looks like his old home. However, he decides it's plain and goes on a quest in the dangerous, wide open sea in search ...more
Ruby Padilla
Jan 27, 2016 Ruby Padilla rated it really liked it
This is a picture storybook that tells a story about a Hermit Crab who outgrows his shell. He finds a bigger shell but doesn't fin it appealing enough. He then decorates it with other animals that help make his home a home. At the end of the story he again outgrows that shell. However, he finds another crab who is need of a shell and he decides to pass his on to her.
The plot was simple enough for young children to be able to understand however, it is a postmodern picturebook because the text is
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Emma
May 31, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-2015
This repetitive story about a hermit crab moving into a new shell has a great rhythm and also provides opportunities to practice counting and identification of new creatures.

Everyone here really liked this and I think we'll soon add it to our home library.
Melissa Demel
May 01, 2015 Melissa Demel rated it it was amazing
A House for Hermit Crab is yet another wonderfully crafted children's story by Eric Carle. This is the story of a sweet hermit crab who feels he has outgrown his shell and is on an adventure to find another one! Once he finds the perfect shell, he thinks it is two plain so he goes around the ocean and enlists the help of friendly sea creatures who would be willing to make his home pretty. As months go on, hermit crab finds that although he's found friends to make his house beautiful, he has outg ...more
Rachael Mack
Dec 01, 2014 Rachael Mack rated it it was amazing
A House for Hermit Crab is the tale of a hermit crab who outgrew his shell. The hermit crab needs to find a new home, but he can only find one that is plain. He decides to decorate it with other sea creatures in order to make it a better place to live, and ends up really enjoying his new home. In the end, Hermit Crab has yet again outgrown his shell and needs to move on to a new one. What will he place on it this time?
The illustrations of this story help to make the story more enjoyable. The pi
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Hannah
Sep 10, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell. It used to feel safe and snug, but now his shell is too tight. But Hermit is frightened by the vastness of the ocean floor and he no longer feels safe. Soon Hermit finds a bigger shell that he can call home, but the shell looks plain and boring. Month by month, Hermit finds new creatures like a sea anemone, a starfish, a coral, a snail, an urchin, a glow fish, and even some smooth pebbles who all add something to his new home. A sea anemone, starfish, and cor ...more
Hailey Phay
Sep 10, 2014 Hailey Phay rated it really liked it
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. s ...more
Sarah
Sep 10, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Eric Carle's A House for Hermit Crab is a wonderful book to involve children while reading. As the scared hermit crab who has grown too big for his shell walks along the ocean floor to find a new one, he meets many new friends. Each one has its own characteristics that kids can act out as you read to them. For example, the sea anemones sway, so the kids can sway. After this, the hermit crab adds one of his friends to his shell, the perfect opportunity for kids to "add" to their shells, as well. ...more
Shammai Allen
Sep 09, 2014 Shammai Allen rated it really liked it
A House for Hermit Crab is a story about a Hermit Crab who outgrows his shell and goes in search of finding a bigger one, while making many friends on the way to help decorate his new home. The story is of two-folds. One of growing, friendships and experiencing change and the second of marine life, which is excellent for both a general read during story time and for science lessons when learning about sea creatures. The book starts off with a detailed description of a Hermit Crab and has a large ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Sep 08, 2014 Emily Nunez-Eddy rated it really liked it
In Eric Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab, a small hermit crab begins a frightening journey when he realizes he has become too big for his shell. That January, hermit crab sheds his shell in search of a larger shell, and quickly finds one just the next month. Although the shell is the right size, it is much too plain for the hermit crab. In an attempt to decorate his shell, he continues along the ocean floor in search of something that will make his shell more beautiful.
In March, hermit crab co
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Abigail Surmay
Sep 05, 2014 Abigail Surmay rated it it was amazing
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, se ...more
Tory Haberman
Sep 05, 2014 Tory Haberman rated it really liked it
A House For Hermit Crab written by Eric Carl is about a crab who grew out of his shell and finds himself a larger one in the sea. However, he realizes that his new shell is too simple and scavenges the ocean floor looking for sea creatures who would want to decorate his home. From starfish, to snails, to sea urchins, they all become his friends and practically his family; protecting, cleaning, and making his home beautiful. However, when his shell begins to become snug once again, he knows he ne ...more
Brandi Goeth
Jan 29, 2016 Brandi Goeth rated it it was amazing
A House for a Hermit Crab was a picture book that tells a story about a Hermit Crab who outgrew his shell. He finds a bigger shell but doesn't fin it decorative enough. He then decorates it with other sea creatures that help make his home feel like home. He found one new sea creature to help decorate his home every month so it showed us all the months in order. At the end of the story he outgrows the shell. He finds another crab who has outgrown its shell and decides to give his to the crab as l ...more
Karen Dransfield
Jul 06, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is a very fun informative book. The introduction has lots of interesting facts about hermit crabs before the story even begins. The story tells how hermit needs a new home and goes in search of a new shell. It's very plain so it describes how over each month of the year hermit adds something interesting to the outside of his shell, or to his surroundings to help protect him and his new shell friends. By the end of the year his home is lovely, except his shell is now too small again. Along c ...more
Nora
Dec 08, 2015 Nora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-readers
A House for Hermit Crab is a story about a crab who gets too big for his house, his shell. He finds a new shell that is the right size, but thinks it too plain, and spends a year decorating it with other ocean creatures. By the time he thinks his house is perfect, he’s outgrown it, and it’s time to start looking for a new one again. The style is simple and sincere, and would be well-suited for young readers. Eric Carle's signature illustrations, made from hand-painted, hand-cut tissue paper, ar ...more
Maria Celis
Feb 18, 2014 Maria Celis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec545class2
Carle, Eric. A House for Hermit Crab (1987). After growing too big for his current shell, Hermit Crab takes a month-by-month journey finding a bigger home and collects friends along the way. A typical hermit crabs’ journey is told in this tale with lessons of exploration, friendship, acceptance, and renewal. Eric Carle, both author and illustrator for this picture book, brings colorful eye-catching shapes and textures to describe the ocean floor and its many creatures. This picture book about jo ...more
Katie Foster
Feb 18, 2014 Katie Foster rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a book about a hermit crab that thinks his shell is too plain to be called his house. So each month he adds something to his shell to make it less plain. This book would be a great book to teach sequential order with. Teachers could also use it to teach predictions and patterns, since the same type of thing happens each month. I also like the vocabulary words in this story. Each time the hermit crab picks up a sea creature to put on his shell, the author uses a different word (gingerly, ...more
Brittany
Nov 17, 2015 Brittany added it
Shelves: picture-books
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.

I like to have this book in my in class library collectio
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Amanda Hicks
Hermit crab has outgrown his shell and must fin a new home! He comes across a shell that will fit him just right, but it's a bit plain. Over the course of a year, hermit crab meets new friends who will make his shell decorative and more importantly, a home. However, the time comes again when hermit crab outgrows his newly decorated home. What will he do with it?

This book is educational in that children can predict the upcoming month, it teaches children about life in the ocean, and most importa
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Julie Graham 47150
Mar 10, 2012 Julie Graham 47150 rated it it was amazing
Shells are one of the habitats the first graders in my class study. We read fictional stories about hermit crabs and non-fiction books about many kinds of animals that live in shells. Along with "Moving Day" by Robert Kaplan and "Is This a House for Hermit Crab?" by Megan McDonald, I read this book. What I like about this story is that my students can relate to Hermit Crab's fear of change. Every one of my students could turn to their elbow partner and share how they felt about a new school, hom ...more
Farah
Jul 19, 2009 Farah rated it it was amazing
Dulu, waktu gue masih jadi teacher librarian di tempat kerja gue yang dulu, setiap hari jumat gue disuruh bacain buku buat anak-anak TK.
Buku ini salah satunya.

Sebenernya ceritanya simple, tentang keong yang mencari rumah karena rumah lamanya udah sempit. Dan di dalam perjalanannya itu, dia bertemu dengan makhluk-makhluk laut lainnya.
Cerita yang bagus kan, anak-anak kecil itu jadi tahu berbagai jenis makhluk laut?

Tapi ternyata, pilihan gue untuk ngebacain cerita ini SALAH.
Kenapa? Ceritanya panja
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Whole And
Nov 08, 2013 Whole And rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Aside from my biased love for all Eric Carle's work, "A House for Hermit Crab" is a sweet story of courage, moving out and moving forward, letting go, finding who and what you need along the way, making life beautiful, starting over and a positive perspective.

Hermit the crab goes through this wide array of experiences and discovers what he can do, more than once, as he moves from one shell house to another. Beautiful illustrations walk us through Hermit's journey and subtly learning of incredibl
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Annie Baucke
Dec 04, 2013 Annie Baucke rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Eric Carle does it again in this classic tale of growing up and what challenges might come with a child coming of age. His unique designs created from strips of paper mache being glued together, bring this story to life for all children reading it to enjoy. I would use this in a pre-school classroom to show my students who will be big kindergartners the following year, that while growing up can seem scary at first, things will always work out in the end. Another enjoyable aspect of this book tha ...more
Natalie
Oct 16, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone & everyone
Recommended to Natalie by: my grandmother
This is an amazing children's book. The story is wonderful and the art is just beautiful to look at. This was one of my first books to read as a kid and I was really into the colors, the marine life, and I was wondering what would happen to the hermit crab when he outgrew his new shell.

It was such an endearing story that it made me and my parents closer because they knew that I would eventually leave when I grew up. A moving story that turns something as frighting to children as moving out of t
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Kaitlyn Tankersley
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 ...more
Angela
Best for kids ages 5 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

From cover:
Hermit Crab's problem is that he keeps outgrowing things. When he outgrows his first shell0house, he;s a bit scared. The next one he finds is a big enough, but depressingly bare. To his happy surprise, all sorts of beautiful and useful undersea neighbors come to his aid and decorate and protect his home. Finally, the new house is perfect, but now it, too, has become too small! Once again,
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Becca
Nov 15, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing
I used to love Eric Carle's books when I was a kid. They were the most popular book, and my mom bought me a lot of them because she knew he was one of my favorite authors. Reading this book again just because it was on my bookshelf made me feel sad because childhood goes by fast and then you have a lot of responsibility. Anyway, back to the book.
Eric Carle can really illustrate a book. Not many people can write a book and do the drawings for it at the same time. This book is about how a hermit c
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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