From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-The diversity of shelters in the animal world-bird nests, ant tunnels, and the cave of a bear-is contrasted with the nature and function of the self-contained housing of snails, turtles, and some crustaceans and mollusks. The softly toned watercolor illustrations amplify the text and show children in different settings observing various shelled creatures. The transient nature of the hermit crab is described, as is the scallop's shell-snapping mode of mobility. Zoehfeld places less emphasis on scientific names but includes broader coverage than Douglas Florian's Discovering Seashells (Scribners, 1986). She has written an easy-to-read, introductory science title.Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Using interesting and accurate illustrations and just the right words, this book first introduces the idea of a home for an animal and then covers shells as the home of snails, turtles, crabs, clams, and oysters. Included are issues such as shell growth, locomotion with a bulky shell, and the shell as a protective device. The science here is good, and the explanations should cause young readers to want to learn more."--"Science Books and Films