Sharing a Shell - Book Review and Activities.
Illustrated by Lydia Monks
I bought this book specifically for it's focus on sharing, this is something my two year old needs to work on. The fight over felt tip pens at our last play date where me and the other mommy ended up stuck on one side of the kitchen door while the boys fought on the other, effectively barricading the door to us just reinforced this point, but i digress.
The book has a lovely lyrical text and colourful lively pictures with highlights of glitter.
It has some fairly big concepts for little ones but they are presented in such a way that children will take them in without realising they are being taught anything.
The story's main characters are Crab, Blob the Anemone and Bristle Worm.
Crab has no shell, eventually he finds one but Anemone and bristle worm come along wanting to share.
Crab eventually lets them and they prove their worth, keeping away fierce fish and doing 'Shellwork' (housework) A good example for children about the benefits of sharing.
The friends eventually fall out, getting fed up of each other and go their separate ways. Lonely and sad without each other. Bristle Worm mediates between the two.
A terrible storm wreaks the friends new temporary homes and Bristle Worm who has been looking out for his friends all along, finds a nice big new shell for them all to share. All three are united and happy once again.
A simply way to highlight to children that in times of hardship you need your friends.
A lovely book with some great concepts. It's a big favourite with my son who loves to listen to me read it then afterwards takes the book off me and 'reads' it too himself, running his fingers across all the glittery bits on the pages and reciting the bits he remembers. A sure sign of a good book if ever there was one.
One of my favourite sites for books for kids is www.lovereading4kids.co.uk, i love their recommendations. They have this book down as for 3+ yrs, i would say more 2+yrs myself and although quite simple the themes of the book are relevant to older children too.
An all round great book with wonderful text, captivating illustrations and important themes.
I plan to do some activities to support the book. I have linked them below for you.
- A downloadable sheet with Songs, Games and Activities
- Printable Dominoes, a Game and Dot to Dot picture
- Ocean small world play - Not specific to sharing a shell but could easily be customised to fit and a great sensory experience.
I am excited to be linking this post up to the Kid Lit Blog Hop from at mother,daughter and son book reviews.
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I would love to hear your thoughts on the book and if you have any ideas for any related activities.
Thanks for reading.