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Book Review: 10 Little Hermit Crabs by Shane McG - Reviewed by Rhishy (28 May 2011)
What a delightful story about the fascinating adventures of 10 Little Hermits. The idea of a counting to 10 book is not a new one. Yet, the way Lee Fox has written this book makes it a refreshing read. While Shane McG’s colourful illustrations really bring this book to life! On the inside cover of the book there is a fact section about hermit crabs which is a good introduction into how these unique sea creatures got their name and where they like to live. As the story commences, 10 little hermit crabs scuttle to the beach. ‘Down swoops a seagull. Screech! Screech! Screech!’ The reader gets mesmerized by the stunning hermit crabs. They also enjoy singing along to the rhyme and repetition of the lines. The children also really enjoyed chanting to the lyrics, ‘Hush says the seashore. Shh, says the sea’ and predicting ‘How many hermit crabs will there be?’ Although, this picture story book is a great introduction to counting backwards from 10-1, perhaps a 0 could have been included, as children often wonder where it fits in the number line. After reading this with a prep class we decided to make our own counting to 10 book. We used the beach theme to brainstorm how many sea creatures we know and we thought of our own chant, wrote it down, drew the pictures and then made our own personalized beach book. I loved this picture story book just as much as the children I read it too did.
Book Review: 10 Little Hermit Crabs by Shane McG - Reviewed by Boomert (06 Nov 2009)
In my day it was 10 green bottles sitting on a wall, with them falling one by one. There have probably been countless variations of the theme and this is a new one featuring the setting of the beach with 10 hermit crabs dashing for the sea. The outstanding feature of this book is its read-aloud quality. The text rhymes, has lots of alliteration and abounds with opportunities to make sounds to emphasise the action. The repetition of ‘Hush, says the seashore. Shh, says the sea. How many hermit crabs will there be?’ will have children joining in with the chorus and counting down with the reader. The build up of tension as the crabs disappear one by one, will thrill a young audience-but the happy ending is a relief. I wouldn’t have thought hermit crabs could be loveable, but the bright and colourful illustrations do give them a certain childlike appeal. The dangers they encounter on their way across the sand are depicted with just a hint of threat and a clue to the next obstacle, suggesting what is to come and creating page-turning tension and extra interest for the child listening. Highly recommended for underfives, especially for reading aloud.
Lee Fox is the author of the hilarious picture book, Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush her Hair, illustrated by Cathy Wilcox (shortlisted in the 2007 CBCA awards), and Jasper McFlea Will Not Eat His Tea, illustrated by Mitch Vane. She has also written a YA novel, Other People's Country. Prior to becoming a writer, Lee was a production assistant for a commercial radio station, a Mormon, a cook in a childcare centre and the store manager on a remote Aboriginal community - and she has five children. Her writing career began in 2000, with several articles for The Age. Shane McG is a Melbourne-based illustrator whose work appears in publications globally. He writes and illustrates his own picture books for children as well as illustrating for a wide range of authors. When not chained to his computer he enjoys playing tennis badly, watching reruns of Bewitched and eating cake. His most recent book is The Robot's Pet by Nigel Gray.
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