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Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab by [Janice Spina, John Spina]

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Length: 28 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Age Level: 3 - 9 Grade Level: P - 3
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe hermit crab's challenge
January 28, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab" is another lovely creation by author Janice Spina and illustrator John Spina, whose relatable stories entertain young children while they also convey important messages. The protagonist in the Spinas joint venture is a hermit crab challenged by a lost a leg and a lost claw, who must manage until his missing appendages grow back.
Added bonus: Interesting facts about hermit crabs at the end of the book.
A wonderful addition to the JEMBOOKS growing library of books for children.
5.0 out of 5 starsIn the Water World
January 28, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
"Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab" is a wonderful story, based on a true story supported by real pictures. Apparently author Janice Spina and her husband, the illustrator, took real pleasure in observing this resilient creature in their fish tank.

The hermit crab was their pet, which was missing a claw and one of his legs. The story disclosed a few challenges that newcomer met while growing his new claw and leg. Smart, hardworking, and tough, the courageous crab dealt with his disabilities bravely as he moved ahead to his full recovery. He worked hard, keeping himself busy cleaning the tank and getting along with other occupants in his new home.

The photos and facts about hermit crabs that the Spinas share with the readers are educational and entertaining. The facts about the life of these resilient water creatures are an extra bonus. This book will make a good, useful source for teachers and homeschooling and readers like me, people who have no knowledge about the crabs.

Clarence Henry teaches children to have patience, dedication, and stay strong while going through their own tests. The ailing crab did not give up. Instead, he worked hard and bravely overcame his obstacles. He may have felt different from the other occupants in the tank, but it did not stop him from focusing on his goal.

As in other inspiring books by the Spinas, children will enjoy this book for many reasons: a true teaching story, educational facts, fascinating photos, and the message this book conveys. Never, never, never, never give up!
★★★★  Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina, is a touching story about growing up and finding your place in life. The book's main character, inspired by the author's own pet, is a hermit crab named Clarence Henry who is missing his right front claw. This little hermit crab's job is to clean the fish tank, so the water stays clear and free of debris. As you can imagine, Clarence Henry is rather industrious and spends most of his day zooming around the tank, hard at work. The hermit crab's attitude--and missing front claw--make it somewhat difficult for him to fit in with the other creatures living in the aquarium, but eventually, Clarence Henry starts to feel that he's at home.
This picture book is a safe, accessible story for young readers, and it's especially perfect for fans of fish-centered features like Finding Nemo. John Spina's art is vivid and colorful, the broad lines providing plenty of interest for early readers who might have difficulty connecting with more complicated art or stories. Clarence Henry is a charmingly drawn critter, with qualities that parents will be happy to instill in their children, like hard work, community involvement, selflessness, and friendliness. Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab will show readers that even though it might seem scary to get older and outgrow your current comfort zone, the best thing you can do is remain open to new experiences and willing to connect with the people you happen to meet along the way.

From the Author

Clarence Henry was a real hermit crab who lived in a fish tank in our home. My husband took care of him. We took photos of Clarence Henry in action. I even have a video of him changing shells. It was amazing. We share some photos in the back of this book along with some facts about hermit crabs. I hope you will enjoy them. 

Product details

  • File Size : 22215 KB
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print Length : 28 pages
  • ASIN : B0792L6P77
  • Publisher : Janice Spina; 1st Edition (January 15, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Publication Date : January 15, 2018
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings