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Sharing A Shell

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A glittertastic book and CD pack from the much-loved author of The Gruffalo
Published May 1st 2006 by Pan MacMillan (first published January 1st 2004)
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
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 simp
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 accommod ...more
Mel Jennings
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  ·  review of another edition
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 l
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 k ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Redway Books
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know you’re in for a treat when a book has a glittery front cover and ‘Sharing A Shell’ by Julia Donaldson doesn’t 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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Ellie Abrey
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joe Ottaway
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for promoting sharing and teamwork.
Jenna Mills
A nice idea and I like how little ones can learn about bristle worms and anemones through it.
Kay Lea
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rhyming, great art, lovely, short, little story.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High quality language, exploring themes of friendship, sharing and working together as a team
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.
Rebecca Andrews
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 kee
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 the ...more
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
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Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharing a Shell is about three little sea creatures who end up sharing a home together (a shell) in a rockpool. One day two of the friends argue and all three end up living separately. A big storm arrives one day and destroys the creatures homes, the three end up realising that friendhsip is important and that they need each other so find a bigger shell to share.

The story is all about friendship and how being stubborn can affect that. The story is told in a rhyming fashion and has colouful illus
It does make me a little sad that the front of this book has a sticker proclaiming that there's a shit load of glitter inside. Honestly, why do children - and girls in particular - need to have glitter in their lives to show them that something's interesting. But I digress. This story is about sharing and lonliness and generally being stroppy with your mates. The illustrations are nice with some paint work and some decoupage. Naturally Donaldson's rhymes are what makes the book wonderful to read ...more
Erin O'connor
Sharing a Shell is a book about a little hermit crab who finds a shell and then makes friends with an anemone and brush. They share a shell and are happy but as they get bigger they begin to argue and fall out. Eventually they go their separate ways but are not as happy alone. Then a big storm comes and they are shaken up they realize they would rather be together and find a bigger shell to share.

This is a good book for teaching young children about sharing and how we can sometimes be happier wh
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A symbiotic relationship turns sour in song when a seaside house-share turns into a noisome nightmare. Brief collaboration becomes open competition for space in a place out of the sun. It is only when confronted by ecological disaster that the seafoods in this study resume co-operation, but by then they're living out of a plastic cup in a storm-trashed disaster zone.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter loves the glitter pages! It is a really nice book that teaches children all about sharing and learning to get on with other people. This would be a great book to take to the seaside if you are doing some investigations in rock pools.
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Not in the same league as her classic book The Gruffalo, but enjoyable enough. Attractively illustrated and with a message about living together being better than living apart, as a crab, a sea anemone and a bristleworm share a shell.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fanastic book to teach little ones to share. It even shows how there's always someone caught in the middle and gets hurt by the fighting between two good friends and how it's ok to have disagreements but it's better to get passed them because friends are one thing in this world you need.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
My son enjoyed this book, although when it started I did think Oh no it doesn't have The Gruffalo flow. Terrible to compare the two I know but it soon picked up and really enjoyed!
A lovely book about the value of sharing and cooperation.
Clearly an early JD children's book, prior to the Axel link-up, this book has a quaint story but little to recommend it.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit from Julia Donaldson. we love all her books in our house.
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Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho