Since reading chapter 5 of The Burgess Seashore Book for Children, and reading some of the books recommended in the Learning Seashore Animals Simple Study (more about that here) we have been on a hermit crab kick.
When I was younger there were jetties on our beach, and the beaches closest to us. Due to beach replenishment projects the jetties are now buried. My siblings and I used to spend hours in the pools created by the rocks finding countless critters and treasures. We did find hermit crabs more than once. I keep walking up and down the beach hoping to find hermit crabs, but with no little hide aways for them it may be futile. We will stick to books if nothing else!
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle chronicles the adventures of a hermit crab determined to make his simple shell more beautiful by asking other ocean animals to join him on his travels. Just when he is happy with his shell, and growing attached to the animals with him, he realizes it’s time to find a new shell and begin again. This books is also a lesson in being hopeful about change.
The Strange Life of the Land Hermit Crab by Wendy Pfeffer & Katherine Zecca – Follow a female hermit crab and her baby as they journey through a year. You will learn about how a female goes to the ocean to lay eggs she will never see again, how a newly hatched hermit crab floats along growing and changing before finding a shell and eventually moving to the land. This one is out of print, but you can find it used.
You can find links to all the books we are using for this Simple Study on my Bookshop Page.
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