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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  158 reviews
As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, “What are they doing there? What do they want?” So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the f ...more
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Kids Can Press
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[Shai] Bibliophage
The lovely story of Shelter was written by Céline Claire and the adorable illustrations were done by Qin Leng. Being compassionate is one of the major lessons that kids will learn from the story.
Céline Claire - Shelter
Aside from that, the value of friendship is more important than material and impermanent things were also addressed in the story. This is a recommended read for kids 7 and below, but adult readers, such as parents, will also appreciate this charming book.
Céline Claire - Shelter
La Coccinelle
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I wasn't sure if I liked the illustrations in this one at first, but they grew on me. This is a cute story about generosity with woodland creatures playing the roles. When two strangers come to the woods during a storm, nobody wants to help them, even though they are in a position to. But when the tables are turned, a family is taught an important lesson.

The story is poignant, but simple enough for kids to understand. And the illustrations of all the animals in their various shelters (and clothe
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This is a gentle fable (originally published in French) that contains beautiful and absorbing artwork, full of earth tones and winter blues. In a forest neighborhood, a storm is coming. The animals get ready, but when a pair of strangers show up asking for shelter from the cold, they receive very mixed reactions -- but as the storm worsens, one family finds themselves needing shelter too.

Different people will probably take different messages from this story (some reviewers see a possible "clima
Sabrina Kaye Fox
The first thing I noticed about this book was the artwork. It's amazing in every way. Definitely has the feel of reading an older book I used to read when I was a child.

We are introduced to a small group of animals all preparing for a storm that's moving in. Two little bears are stuck out in the storm and try to seek refuge from it trying door after door with no luck. A friendly fox decides to help the bears out with a tiny gift. As usual in children's stories, this good deed does not go unnoti
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Compassion
When the woodland animals realize that a winter storm in coming, each family prepares its store of food and shelter, in order to be ready. Cozily ensconced in their homes, they then witness two bear strangers approach. Each time the strangers ask for aid, offering something in return, they are rebuffed, until finally the fox father offers them a lantern. When the fox family's den collapses under the snow, that act of kindness is more than repaid by the two bears, who share their tea and temporar ...more
Aliza Werner
What a gentle and moving look at community...who we welcome in, who we turn away, and unexpected kindnesses when they are needed most.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book with a beautiful theme of kindness to others. As a storm rolls in animal after animals denies shelter to two lost animals until finally in a reverse of fate some animals need shelter and ask the bears for help, which they provide. An excellent book to talk about kindness and helping other and not being afraid. I'd highly recommend pairing it with the new book Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann that is set to come out around the same release date to make a unit of kindness picture books. L ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not sure if this is supposed to be a reflection on global warming, and of the refugee crisis and how the media treats and thinks about refugees, as the main characters are polar bears, looking for a place to stay to survive the storm, but if so, its a sound picture-book to introduce children to this topic. Maybe not as impactful as The Journey, but still a resonating picture book nonetheless.
Also the illustrations of the animals are adorable.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple and sweet book about kindness.
Michele Knott
A message that is important to share today.
Michelle Simpson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations and story.
Juliana Lee
As a winter storm approaches, all the animals prepare. But when a pair of bears arrive in the midst of the big storm, no one is willing to give them shelter, food, or light. The bears make their own shelter in a snow drift. But when the foxes den starts to cave in they hurry out and the bears take them in.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book.

Shelter by Celine Claire is a beautifully illustrated children's book with a meaningful message on the effect of sharing with others and selflessness. The illustrations reminded of books from my own childhood; soft, muted watercolors. I loved that the book anthropomorphizes woodland animals in their adorable little jackets and mittens. It's very "Redwall-esc". A terrific little book!
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nice fall/early winter story about sharing. I loved the illustrations. A couple of bears get caught in a very bad winter storm and no one will help them until a young fox offers them a lantern.
I received a Kindle copy from Edelweiss in exchange for a fair review.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This heartwarming book is the epitome of how those seeking solace from a huge storm should be treated. It highlights the vital importance of practising kindness, generosity and hospitality to those seeking a safe haven from peril.

A small community of animals are preparing for a huge winter storm that is blowing into their midst. They gather wood and store up food to ensure their families will be protected from the harsh tempest. They seal off their homes and hunker down safe and warm while the
Baby Bookworm
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Shelter by Céline Claire and Qin Leng, a lovely fable about kindness, generosity, and helping those in need.

A storm is coming, and all the animals of the forest are rushing to prepare. They fill their food stores, gather fuel for their fires, and secure themselves against the harsh weather, tucking into their homes just as the big storm hits. Outside, two young
Elaine White
Book – Shelter
Author – Celine Claire, Qin Leng
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 42
Cover – Gorgeous!
Would I read it again – Yes
Genre – Children, Picture Book, Animals


Full of gorgeous graphics in a pretty wrapping, Shelter is a great kids story with a beautiful message. The images are reminiscent of my childhood of Winnie the Pooh, Watership Down, Peter Rabbit and Wind in the Willows, both familiar and comforting while being new and interesting.

The writing is,
Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing


Shelter is a beautiful story wilt a heartwarming message about kindness and consideration for others. The illustrations are done in a soothing, soft style selecting various animals.

Shelter is a good suggestion for children who love animals. The kindness of some of the animals is rewarded with kindness when they are themselves in need. A beautifully illustrated example of the need for kindness and consideration for others.

Revived this book for review purposes.

Book description:

As a big s
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In today's world, we are taught to fear the unknown. We are weary of strangers and stingy with our possessions. We distrust those who are different from us and let our ignorance keep us from seeing the similarities we share. In times like these, it's comforting to know there are books out there like Celine Claire's Shelter.

This beautifully illustrated picture book is reminiscent of "The Little Red Hen." It teaches readers that by helping others, we are also helping ourselves. Set in the forest,
Christine Turner
As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, ?What are they doing there? What do they want? So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in thei ...more
Littlest Bookshelf
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written by Céline Claire, with illustrations by Qin Leng, Shelter is the story of an animal community as the families within it prepare for a coming winter storm. Published by Kids Can Press, the narrative follows the close-knit families as they gather food and bunker down to ride out the harsh weather in their homes.

As the storm begins to worsen, the families are each approached by two strangers at their door asking for help; a plea they all turn away except for the young fox. The story conclud
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Reading almost like a parable, animals safe in their snug dens hunker down as a storm sweeps in. Only Little Fox wonders about others who might be stuck outside. When two bears arrive during the storm, they inquire and are turned away by families of rabbit, squirrel and fox. The animals make excuses, even lying to say they have no food to share or that their dens are too small. When his family, too, turns the bears away, Little Fox runs after them to offer a lantern to stave off the dark. Soon a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Shelter is a story that teaches the reader about goodness and what goes around comes around. Karma is a real thing. In the story we are introduced to a small group of animals preparing for a storm that is coming. Two polar bear brothers are stuck out in the storm and try to seek refuge from the animals. They go door to door, but no one lets them in. After being turned away from the fox den, the young fox decides to help the bears out with a tiny gift and he gives them a lantern. This good de ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stories about animals are a wonderful way to teach or remind children how they should treat others. My own kids’ teachers have often encouraged parents to make up and use such stories (in oral storytelling format) to help modify behaviors or work through problems. Shelter by Céline Claire is an excellent example of this teaching tool, teaching kindness and caring toward others—even strangers—who are in need. The story is very concise—just a few lines on each page—and all of the words are well wi ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelter by Céline Claire is a lovely book reminding us that we can do better than others do to us. There is also the idea of a little child will lead, in this case a little fox. After reading this with my grandchildren, we discussed why the author had Little Fox give the gift to the Brother Bears. Was his family in agreement will what he did or did they even know? Also, what might have happened differently of he had not. We all agreed that the “strangers” seemed to act in character and might hav ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The animals are all getting ready for a big storm. They have closed their doors and are making their dens cozy and warm. Two strangers arrive out of the blustery wind and begin to ask at each door for shelter. They have tea to offer, but one after another the neighbors all say no. The little fox though heads out with a lantern for them, but nothing more. As the snow begins to fall, the strangers know they will be fine. But the fox family’s shelter is failing due to the weight of the snow. Soon t ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this e-arc copy from Kids Can Press for an honest review, thank you!

This is a beautiful French story for kids finally reaching audience in English. The story pretty much shows the characteristics of tradition European animal tales - the story has a background message. The Shelter is a story that tells about how world comes and goes around, what you give to one comes to yourself. In a meaning - its nice not to turn your back to someone who is asking your help when you can give it, rath
Jason Stanley
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Claire’s picture book is a parable for children. In the story, a storm is coming. All the animals seek shelter in their homes. Little Fox is the only character that wonders about the animals who may be stuck in the storm.

A bear parent and child are stuck in the storm. They go from home to home looking for shelter. Each family turns them away. “Try the neighbor”, they all say.

Including Little Fox’s family. Unable to accept the outcome, Little Fox runs after the bears to give them a lantern to gui
Christine Irvin
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When a big storm is coming, all the creatures in the woods take shelter - the rabbits, the squirrels, the birds and the foxes. All the creatures have a shelter except for the two bear brothers.

When the storm hits, the bears are left out in the cold. They knock on the other creatures' doors, but no one will let them in, even when they offer to share their food. The foxes don't open their den, but little fox goes out and gives them a lantern so they will at least have light.

The bears wander aroun
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, children, animals

Nel bosco sta arrivando una tempesta, e tutti gli animali si attrezzano per rendere confortevole la propria tana.

Durante la tempesta arrivano nel bosco due animali forestieri, e tutti gli animali, preoccupati, si chiedono "chi saranno?" "cosa vorranno?". I due stranieri chiedono asilo di tana in tana, ma sembra che nessuna famiglia li voglia ospitare.

Mentre la neve scende, la tana della famiglia delle volpi sembra in procinto di crollare, e le volpi sono costrette a uscire, da
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