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Sharing a Shell

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  50 reviews
When a little hermit crab finds a shiny new shell he doesn't want to share it - not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm.
Paperback, 27 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson is basically the goddess of wordsmithery, as far as I can tell. She's most famous for creating The Gruffalo with Axel Scheffler but has also written about a billion Oxford Learning Tree early readers and a number of lovely books with illustrator Lydia Monks.

Sharing A Shell tells the story of three rock pool creatures who share a shell and overcome their differences to live in harmony for the greater good. It has some lovely lessons about tolerance and
Violent cannibalistic adventure featuring three rootless wanderers drifting from one temporary abode to another, constantly menaced by vast predatory monsters.

The thing that gets me every time with this story, is that as I read it (probably twice every day in a somewhat singsong style), Crab falls out with the other two because they are too *heavy*, but clearly that isn't the case because later on all three get back together in a bigger shell and there are no weight related issues. They had
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sharing a Shell starts with a crab searching for a new home as he has outgrown his current one. Upon finding a new shell and moving in a worm asks if he can move in with him and he offers to keep the shell clean in return, to which the crab agrees. Next an anemone moves in with the promise to protect the crab and worm from enemies. Soon the three characters outgrow the shell and argue leading to them going their separate ways. However, a storm occurs and the worm finds a bigger shell to ...more
Mel Jennings
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This book can be used as a great starting point in getting children to think about the topic of sharing. With bright, beautiful illustrations that are great to touch as they are covered in glitter, young children will enjoy engaging with this book. A little crab is looking for someone to share a shell with, but no one wants to share their shell with the crab. Eventually, crab finds a shell and scuttles inside, but along comes anemone who just like crab needs a shell. Crab quickly offers to share ...more
Andrew Shute
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah this book was a pleasure to read my Year 1's for their story time today.

The cover gave a great starting discussion with the pupils, stimulating their imagination and comprehension. The "bristleworm" was given many names before we started the book.

I struggled with the word "anemone" a tongue twister for me but he was called the purple blob so made life easier for me.

This book allowed me to relate to their own experiences of arguing with friends, going their own separate ways, feeling sad and
Jun 22, 2012 added it
This tale about a little hermit crab, a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm would brighten up your day. The illustrations and glitter on every page just jump right at you. It's a lovely tale about not sharing and going their separate ways, however neither of the two are happy, they're extremely lonely. A storm occurs and they both head off in search of a shell to shelter them and end up at the same shell and decided to share it. Fantastic, colourful story suitable for early years or ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this to my infant daughter.
A clever rhyming tale about the value of friendship & sharing. Lydia Monk's vibrant illustrations are sublime, captivating the interest of young & old readers alike.
Redway Books
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know youre in for a treat when a book has a glittery front cover and Sharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson doesnt disappoint. With the lyrical and rhythmic verse we come to expect from her popular picture books, she tells a tale of friendship and collaboration. After finding a shell and teaming up with an anemone and a bristleworm, crab learns that when faced with the challenges a stormy sea throws at him he is better off with his new friends than on his own.

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Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Suitable for younger KS1 children.
Explores themes of sharing, teamwork and helping each other.
The 'tickly bristleworm' is a great depiction of disagreement resolution and emotional awareness.
The book features lovely sparkly and brightly coloured drawings, as well as different textures.
I think this is a great book, especially for KS1 as they are learning about the concept of sharing and often find their friendships falling apart because they are not able to share. This is a great way to show what sharing can really do.
Ellie Abrey
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A beautifully illustrated story book with glitter detailing on each page. This is a story about a snail in search of a new shell, along with the help of a few friends along the way. The book could be used as an example of conflict resolution between friends, despite their many differences.
St Michael's Primary Oxford
A hermit crab is in search of a shiny shell and when he finds the perfect one, he does not want to share it with anemone or bristleworm. Told with Donaldson's trademark rhyme and wit, this encourages children that it's better to share than be shellfish (sorry).
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very bright and colourful illustrations accompany a story about friendship and learning to get along. Perfect for preschoolers.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book makes you feel warmer with love..
Donna Franklin
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book by Julia Donaldson
Great rhyming
Could talk to the children about friendship, what is important and working together.
Joe Ottaway
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great for promoting sharing and teamwork.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute book! Good for lessons about crabs, sharing and solving conflict. Not too much dialouge and story tells with pictures and text beautifully.
Laura Brandon
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keystage1, pshe
High quality language, exploring themes of friendship, sharing and working together as a team
Jenna Mills
A nice idea and I like how little ones can learn about bristle worms and anemones through it.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely book on sharing and useful to use and read for EYFS. Good to open the conversation on how we need to share and what happens when we dont and how it makes us feel ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
My kid loves this book about sharing things and helping each other. He loves the illustrations in the book, the on-going drama of the book. Big pictures and drama to keep the kid engaged.
Kay Lea
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rhyming, great art, lovely, short, little story.
Zoe Mills
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing story for PSED
Shaurya Jain
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the glitter effect on all pages. Additionally, it was nice to see that sharing is caring message displayed in the book.
Željko Filipin
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice story on symbiosis.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My kids at work love this book! And it is easy and delightful to read your then.
Kelly Batchelor
This story highlights the importance of sharing and cooperation. The story begins with the crab seeking a shell to inhabit and shows that many creatures that he encountered were not willing to share their shells with him. The crab finally finds a vacant shell to protect him from the dangers of his environment. During the story the crab encounters an anemone and a bristleworm, both of which he was initially unwilling to share his shell with. It is seen that by cooperating together and sharing ...more
Rebecca Andrews
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson

The story is about a crab that has no shell. A seagull chases the crab, the crab find safety in an empty shell on the beach, and sets up home in a rock pool with his shell. The crab then meets an anemone, who asks to share his shell. The anemone says he can help the crab by stinging predators with his tentacles. Now there are two friends sharing the shell in the rock pool. Then a bristleworm asks to share the shell with the two friends, saying he can help by
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book I think all Julia Donaldson books are simply fantastic and children love hearing them over and over again. The story is about a hermit crab who finds a shiny shell that he does not want to share with anyone. However he comes across an anemone who suggests if the crab shares the shell, he will protect it from fish. Next, a bristleworm tries to get in the shell too, but the crab tells it to go away. It suggests doing all the housework if the crab lets it stay, so they ...more
u1124876 UEL
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lydia Monks uses wonderful colours and glitter when illustrating this lovely book about sharing. The Gruffalo author tells the story of a crab that finally manages to finds a shell to live in to keep him safe from the dangers of the world.

Along his journey he meets an anemone and a bristleworm who co-inhabit the shell until one day they all grow to be to big for the shell and crab evicts them. Once they are all separated they are all lonely and sad and a terrible storm crashes in. After the
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