A House for Hermit Crab
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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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Madeline Feldman
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
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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...more
Kym Machovina
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
Hannah
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
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
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
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
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...more
Abigail Surmay
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
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
Maria Celis
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
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
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...more
Julie Graham 47150
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
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...more
Whole And
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...more
Annie Baucke
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 5 of 5 stars
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...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,...more
Becca
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...more
Christiana Tarpley
Retelling the story
Science: ocean study
Sharing and working together

Idea from Eric Carles offical website:
I have found that this idea works well with preschool through second grade students, especially with those who find it difficult to sit still during story time. On a sheet of 11 x 8 inch construction paper, I glue a large paper sea shell and a small paper crab, and give one to each student. I also pre-make each of Hermit Crab’s “friends” for each child, and as we meet each character, the stu...more
Wendy Daniel
Poor hermit crab has grown out of his house, so he needs to find a new one. When he finally finds a shell that will work, he ventures across the ocean to decorate it with things that want to be part of his home and join him in an adventure. This is a great book for print motivation, vocabulary and narrative skills. I especially like to introduce it to children ages 2-3 years old.
Christina Swain
This book shares the journey of a Hermit Crab in search for a home. Through the vivid details children will be able to identify with the many "homes" or features of the ocean while at the same time keeping track of the months of the year! I would adapt this story into my lessons and engage my students in a hands-on activity about sea life.
Jacinda Ramsey
I guess there is something seriously wrong with me....I have never really enjoyed Eric Carle books and the art is not my taste either. I think I must be the only person in the world who feels this way. I reread them every year or so and try to see them in a better light but I still can't seem to get it.....I'll keep trying!
Atziri
Hermit Crab is growing up and he needs a new shell. He finds one and he decorates it with other sea creatures (a starfish, anemone, sea urchin, etc.) who share his life as he continues to grow. At the end he outgrows his shell again and is sad to leave his friends. He finds another smaller crab who needs a home and gives it to him.

This is a good story about change and how we can all make the best of it.

I gave this book 3 three stars because something in Eric Carle's books makes me think of ano...more
Tiffany
Hermit Crab has grown too big for his shell. After a timid search, he finds a new one and decides to dress it up a bit. Each month he adds something new (a starfish, anemone, sea urchin, etc.). By the end of the year, he has grown out of this shell too. He is sad to leave all of his friends, but he gifts his shell to another crab and sets out, no longer timid, to find a new shell. His excitement grows as he thinks of all the new things he could decorate with....

I grew up hating change, and not d...more
Holly M
A House for Hermit Crab follows a hermit crab as he makes his new shell comfortable with different creatures from the sea. The crab, after outgrowing his home, gives his shell to another hermit crab and begins his journey again. This is a good book for learning about the ocean and specific details of creatures below the sea! Another major theme from this picture book is how anyone can find friends in the strangest of places. The hermit crab is walking around the ocean meeting new friends that ar...more
Anne
We just re-read this, and it might be my favorite Eric Carle. I like the science bits pre and post story, and I like the fact that they mention the months as the year progresses. We have a little Saxon math meeting book burnout, so that struck me as a refreshing way to learn them.
Rubi Herrera
Obviously there were going to be little tidbits of information of ocean life....But what surprised me was how Eric also randomly decided to teach the months to tell the passage of time and growth too lol
i personally love the story of the little hermits journey and enthusiasm for home decor ;)
Rachel
This was a cute book which my son and I enjoyed. Hermit Crab is too big for his shell. He goes in search of a new one, but it is too plain. So he adds a sea anemone, a starfish, some coral, a sea urchin and a lanternfish to make it more beautiful. By the time he finishes decorating his house is too small and he needs another. He is not happy to give up his lovely home and friends, but finds a younger crab who will take care of them. Then he finds a new shell and can decorate to his heart is cont...more
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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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