A House for Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab lives inside a comfy shell that he carries around on his back – but he’s getting too big for it! So one day he moves out onto the sea floor, in search of a bigger shell. When he finds a bigger place, a sea anemone offers to move in with him, and a starfish gives him decorating tips. A snail and a sea urchin are employed for cleaning and protection, while a lantern fish gives lighting, and smooth pebbles are used for a wall. Hermit Crab lives happily for a while… until he grows too big again! A dynamic and involving tale about accepting change and working together, brought alive by Eric Carle’s iconic paper-collage art.

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    Eric Carle

    Eric Carle is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many classic picture books, and is best known for the much-loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


    Eric Carle has won many book and design awards in both the US and around the world. His most famous book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was awarded the American Institute of Graphics Arts Award, the Selection du Grand Prix des Treize in France and a Nakamori Reader’s Prize in Japan. In 2003 Carle was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature and illustration.

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