Storytime: Crabs

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell! by Lucille Colandro & illustrated by Jared Lee

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell! by Lucille Colandro & illustrated by Jared Lee

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell! by Lucille Colandro & illustrated by Jared Lee

 “There was an old lady who swallowed a shell. I don’t know why she swallowed the shell. She didn’t tell.” You won’t believe why this old lady swallows a shell, a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave! But watch out when she burps, with hilarious results! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page. And, there’s a surprise ending! 

 

Moving Day by Robert Kalan & illustrated by Yossi Abolafia

Moving Day by Robert Kalan & illustrated by Yossi Abolafia

Moving Day by Robert Kalan & illustrated by Yossi Abolafia

A hermit crab looking for a new home tries several different shells before finding one that fits just right.

 

The Hermit Crab by Carter Goodrich

The Hermit Crab by Carter Goodrich

The Hermit Crab by Carter Goodrich

The hermit crab would prefer to blend into the background. He is happy to spend his time alone, looking for food. But when he finds a flashy new shell, he can’t resist trying it on for size. He is so taken with it that he doesn’t notice the mysterious contraption that floats down from the surface. While the lobster wonders if the contraption is a restaurant and the bluefish thinks it’s a trap, the poor flounder gets stuck underneath! When the hungry hermit crab investigates the delicious smells coming from the contraption and frees the flounder, he inadvertently becomes a hero. But is the hermit crab ready for the limelight?

 

A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

A House For Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

Hermit Crab’s problem is that he keeps outgrowing things. When he outgrows his first shell-house, he’s a bit scared. The next one he finds is big enough — but depressingly bare. To his happy surprise, all sorts of beautiful and useful undersea neighbors come to his aid and decorate and protect his home. Finally, the new house is perfect but now it, too, has become too small! Once again, Hermit Crab must move on. But this time he is not only bigger — he is more self confident. While he is sorry to leave his friends and his familiar shell behind, he now sees the future as full of exciting possibilities.

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