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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Shelly’s New Shell is a children’s fable written and illustrated by Elisabeth Ekornes. Shelly is a hermit crab who loves to play in the ocean’s waves and has a lot of fun with her hermit crab friends. One day, she looks at Crabelina’s shell, which is a pretty pink. Shelly’s shell is brown, and she wishes she had a pretty pink shell like Crabelina. Shelly challenges the other hermit crabs to a race and notices that Crabelina is much slower than the rest. Shelly tells Crabelina that she’s slower because of her heavy shell, and she offers to trade shells with Crabelina. Crabelina agrees, and Shelly is thrilled with her new pink shell. She’s not prepared, however, for the problems she’ll have because of that pretty new shell.
Elisabeth Ekornes' children's fable, Shelly's New Shell, is a beautifully written story that teaches that someone else's shell, or coat, or hat is not necessarily better than what you've already got. Shelly learns that lesson in a funny and entertaining story. Ekornes also illustrated her book and each picture is marvelous, with brilliant and bold coloring, and comical figures. I especially liked the picture of Shelly in her new pink shell -- she's wearing a huge grin, and her eyes are agleam with delight. My other favorite is the seagull with the glass stuck on its head, but, to be honest, each picture has its charm and is perfectly matched with the story. Shelly's New Shell is a fable that teaches while it entertains, and it does so brilliantly.