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Chrissie's Shell

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem: she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new. At last, when Chrissie is ready to give up all hope, she has a conver ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Warner Press
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Nov 14, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
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I read this last night on NetGalley and really loved it. This morning I read it to Goddess and we both loved it. The book is really about loving yourself and appreciating all the things about you that make you unique and different from everyone else.

We really loved the art work. It is colorful, adorable and the perfect accompaniment to a story beautifully written. The story doesn't rhyme which means the pictures really have to hold the child's attention and focus so that the
Melissa Roach
Mar 25, 2011 Melissa Roach rated it it was amazing
Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem ~ she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new.

At last, when Chrissie is ready to give up all hope, she has a conversation with God. She begs Him to make her into a creature like the wonderful animals she has seen, but God has s
Oct 22, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This book is so cute and the illustrations are fantastic. Working in a christian school division this book has Chrissie asking god why her shell is empty not realizing that she is the one that fills it up. She wishes and fantasizes that she is like the other animals like hare and squirrel and lizards. Little does she know just how special she is. If I get around to having a family some day this book would be a definite on the kids shelves.
Sue Morris
Jun 05, 2011 Sue Morris rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library, children
Chrissie’s Shell is about a little turtle who is feeling empty. She cannot see anything inside her shell and assumes it is empty. In the forest, Chrissie sees all sorts of “real” animals and wants to be like them. She sees a mouse and wants to run fast like the mouse. A squirrel goes up a tree and Chrissie wishes she could climb trees. Even the slow hedgehog gets Chrissie wishing to be as strong as the hedgehog’s quills.

Chrissie spends her days dreaming about all the animals she wants to be and
Apr 24, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated, Chrissie's Shell is the story of a little turtle who desperately wants to be someone else. To Chrissie, her shell is empty. She doesn't see herself as a "someone", and dreams daily about being another animal. Someone faster, stronger, or even just prettier. Through the story, Chrissie learns that being her is actually quite special, and that she was made that way intentionally. As Chrissie morns her empty shell, she actually keeps doing good deeds ...more
Ana Mardoll
Mar 05, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it
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Chrissie's Shell / 978-1-593-17398-2

This is a sweet little parable of a turtle who wants to be a different forest animal - anything, really, as long as it's stronger, faster, and BETTER than how Chrissie feels she is. As she wistfully compares herself in lovely color pictures to the other forest creatures, she becomes more despondent, until she pleads to God to change her and God helps her to see that her special, unique gifts are important and worth cherishing.

I hadn't realized this is a "relig
May 28, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Chrissie wants her shell to filled with someone important. As she see the other animals in the forest she tries to wish that her shell will be filled with each of them in turn as she sees it. What she doesn't see is what she is able to do. Chrissie talks to God and asks him to put someone important into her shell. God takes her to the waters edge and shows her what is really in her shell. Chrissie sees herself as God sees her and starts to like what she see.
This is a wonderful book to help young
Ruby Escalona
Jan 12, 2011 Ruby Escalona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
What I love is that this book teaches children to be comfortable in their own shell - in their own skin, so to speak. Of course there are times when we people would feel insecure about what we have and normally compare it with the others who may appear more blessed or lucky or superior than us, but each of us is unique, and I love this lesson. Children should learn this early on and not get on the bandwagon of the plasticity of everything. Sometimes you just need to look in yourself to find out ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Chrissie's Shell is a heartwarming tale of a little turtle that dreams of being somebody different until God shows her that she is just who she was intended to be. The animal characters are loveable and beautifully illustrated. I think every child needs to have this book in his/her library. It will foster great conversation between parent and child, give the child the sense of pride in who they and will allow the child to explore all the wonderful things they can do. As both a teacher of small c ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 12, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Chrissie's Shell is a darling heartwarming tale of a turtle who dreams of being somebody else. She feels her shell is empty, until God shows her who she really is! Beautifully illustrated pictures of the animals she helps, without thinking. Also it shows pictures of the ones she desires to be.
My 4 year old was hysterically laughing at the bear in a turtle shell.
The story shows a great story of acceptance, would recommend this book as a real keeper.
I was provided a copy of this book by Warner Pre
Feb 08, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
Chrissie's Shell is a thought-provoking, whimisical story about a turtle who is looking for a way to fill her empty shell. Chrissie believes her shell is empty and spends the day wandering thru the forest wishing she was as amazing as the other creatures she happens upon. She's not as fast as mouse, nor can she climb as high as a squirrel and imagines herself in each of these roles, believing that if she could do any of these things, then maybe her shell wouldn't be empty. Chrissie doesn't reali ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it
Chrissie's Shell by Brooke Keith is an adorable children's book about finding one's own God-given worth instead of looking at one's limitations. Chrissie, a sad little turtle, watches as the various animals display attributes such as speed and strength that she lacks. She feels that she'd be better if she was more like the other animals. At long last, she learns to appreciate the beauty in her own accomplishments and abilities.

This is a great book for first and second graders, or for any childre
Tally Song
Nov 17, 2010 Tally Song rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to any parent who has a child under the age of 7. The message addressed in the book of defining who you are in regards to the everyday world around you is one many kids struggle to answer as they grow. It is told in a very cute tale about a turtle wanting to be anyone but herself because she fails to see the extraordinary in her own shell. The illistrations were very colorful, rich, and added much to the story and the imagination. I enjoyed this story very much and kn ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Nevey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
A lovely story about a turtle who is not believeing in herself and feels empty but at the end she sees the true meaning of believeing in yourself.

P.S. THis story made me cry cos I was suppose to read it to my Baby Sea Turtle Tota who died before I have time to read the story; forgive me Tota. This review is for Tota's soul.
Beautiful illustrations accompany this fantastic book of Chrissie, a turtle who wants to be all the other "someones" in the forest. She asks God to fill her shell with someone. He answers her by showing her he has filled it, with Chrissie.

Kevin Spear
Great book about a little turtle who seeks to find her empty shell. She discovers God had a plan and her shell is filled with just the right person after all.
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Brooke Keith's poetry for children has appeared in children's magazines and storybooks around the world. She is a devotional and family writer for the Christian Broadcasting Network, a columnist for War Cry Magazine and a regular contributor for many well-loved Christian magazines such as Mature Living, Christianity Today, and Young Salvationist among others. When Brooke isn't writing, she is a vo ...more
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