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What Lives in a Shell?

(Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  25 reviews
What makes a shell like a house?

A house is a home for you, a nest is a home for a bird, and a cave is a home for a bear. But for some animals a shell is a home. Snails and turtles and crabs and clams all have shells that act as their homes and protect them from harm. In this book you'll learn all about these and other crustaceous creatures, for whom a shell is just the rig
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 22nd 1994 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jessica Blonder
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What Lives in a Shell?
By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Awards: None
Grades 1- 4
Summary: The book goes over what defines a shell, different types of shells, and what lives in a shell.
Review: I really like how the author uses prior knowledge to explain what a shell is. The illustrations are very detailed and colorful. The only thing I didn't like is that the cover shows a scene of shells at the beach and I thought the book was going to specifically about ocean life with shells, however, the book goes
Lauri Meyers
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Read and Find Out Science" series for Kindergarten aged children.
Illustrated nonfiction about shells.
The story starts with how snails grow their shells, snail body parts, snails are slow, and snails use their shells for protection. It compares a snail's home to a child's or bear's or ant's. Turtles live in shells, their shells grow with them, and turtles can hide in their shells. At the sea shore, different kinds of shells, how hermit crabs take shells, bivalves have a hinged shell, and locom
Aidalys Nazario
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this book because it is a fun way of learning factual scientific things for young children. I think this book is perfect for older preschoolers and kindergarteners. It is a little on the long side. It has lots of information about different animals that live in shells and what happen to them when they are not in a shell. It also explains why their shells are important. There is a lot of details in this book. The pictures are fun but realistic. This book can lead to classroom projects and ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This informational storybook talks about how snails, turtles, crabs, clams, and oysters use shells as their home. It also discusses issues in shell growth, locomotion, and how animals use their shell as a protective device. This would be a great book to incorporate with children learning about the ocean.
Allison Ster
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is able to show kids all the different types of sea life that can live in a shell. It even covers crabs, which I think a lot of people tend to forget. At the end, it even reminds us to look in shells and ask the right people if we can take them home.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Educational. Info I didn't know. 5yo enjoyed it.
Julie Graham 47150
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like this book a lot. We learn about many different habitats in first grade (desert, rain forest, caves, ocean, etc.). One week we read fictional stories about hermit crabs and non-fiction books about many kinds of animals that live in shells. In our science station they get to look at a tub of shells with magnifying glasses and try to find the names of those shells by looking at several books aboout shells. One of my favorites is "The Shell Book" by Barbara Hirsch Lember because it has such b ...more
Zoe Lampman
What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weider Zoehfeld, is a non-fiction book about animals that live in shells, such as land snails, turtles, hermit crabs, clams, and scallops. The book explains that an animal's shell is like it's home in that it lives in it and it protects their soft bodies. It describes how some animal's shells grow along with them and how others leave their shells and move into larger, empty ones. Crab shells are likened to strong armor. Scallops use their shells to swim by open ...more
Chelsea Bucci
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
For any students, that are curious what a shell is, this is a great resource. The story discusses different types of shells and its characteristics. An animal makes a shell to use as its home. Students can relate to this because they have homes as well. Other animals have different homes such as tunnels, nests, and caves. Snails live in shells and they take these homes with them. As the snail grows, the shell grows with it. The purpose of some shells is to keep the animal safe. The author then d ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-3
After I came back from my brother's wedding from Costa Rica to my land-locked classroom, I handed out shells to my students that I collected on the beach. Most of them had never see the ocean before; yet, they wanted to learn more about it. So, we read What Live in a Shell? and discovered, together, creatures who use shells for homes. I used the doc cam so that my students were able to more clearly see the illustrations which generated more discussion around what the students wanted to learn mor ...more
Brigid Keely
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
"What Lives In A Shell" is a book about shells and the animals that live in them. Some live on land, some live on water. Some are large, some are small. This early science book, designed for pre-k and kindergarteners, is a nice introduction to shelled animals. The text, and sentences, are short and engaging and the illustrations are clear and attractive. The book stands up well to repeat reads. It's a great introduction to science book. I'm very pleased with this series.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book does a great job at describing that a shell is where some animals live as a home for protection. I like how it showed a diagram of a snail to illustrate each body part a snail has. Not only does this book talk about snails, but it also informs us of turtles and crabs. Another thing I really liked about this book is that it listed the different types of shells with their names. I think any student who loves to go to the beach would enjoy reading this book.
Beyond the Pages
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a sensational tool. I used it for an educational unit with my kids, and it was received very, very well. The content was just right for young minds. The details were interesting and the accompanying pictures were excellent. I loved this and could easily see myself referring to it again.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this and all the "read and find out science" books
Deborah Harris
Dec 14, 2013 added it
Shelves: a14, ar-2
AR Quiz No. 41751 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Expertly written. Engaging. Beautiful illustrations. Intelligently evolving. Excellent science book turned "picture book".
Linda Lee
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Kids liked it
Mellanie C
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book that covered parts of marine life that are often overlooked. I'm donating it to the book nook at my school.
Stephanie Ung
Students can learn about the different shelters and environment other living creatures live in.
Andrea Retana
This would be a significant book to read aloud when teaching a science lesson about marine life and shells. It has a variety of vocabulary and beautiful illustration. Grade K-2.
Apr 02, 2013 added it
Shelves: ece-3601, science
This text would be a fun read aloud when studying marine life and shells. Great use of vocabulary, and vibrant illustrations throughout. There are great diagrams and labels too.
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Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); DID DINOSAURS HAVE FEATHERS?, a Children's Book of the Month Club selection, described as "fascinating" by Kirkus Reviews; and DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, a 2003 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book ...more

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