Who's in That Shell?

Children - Educational
130 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2013
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Author Biography

Katherine Weikert Stelmach holds a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in teaching. After teaching high school English for 12 years, Katherine decided to pursue other interests as well as parent her two little girls. She currently teaches online college courses and develops courses for Rio Salado College. Katherine earned a teaching endorsement in Reading, and it is this experience that allowed her to better understand the struggles of young readers and the methods used to increase proficiency. It is this interest in the techniques and tools used to aid struggling readers that led to the creation of "Who's in That Shell?". She resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and two daughters.
Anita Amdahl Elco holds a Master's degree in education and has had the privilege of working with outstanding students and faculty alike as an English teacher at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ for over ten years and at Paradise Valley Community College for over six years. While she enjoys many facets of teaching comprehension and composition in secondary and higher education, her passion has been finding books for reluctant readers that they just can't put down. This goal, coupled with her experience as a parent, perpetuated a desire to write engaging, content-rich literature for young readers that empowers them to learn and creates a hunger to read. Anita lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and three children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Authors Anita Elco and Katherine Stelmach have created a book that early grade school teachers will love using for lessons on science and on accepting and aiding others. "Who's in that Shell" tells of elementary school teacher Mrs.Davis and her class as they take on hermit crabs as classroom pets. Illustrator Michael Patch has done a good job in illustrating the text which is formed in the style of "choose your own adventure". The class begins with Merman, the hermit crab, but they quickly add four more hermit crabs when Merman is obviously lonely. The children interact with the hermit crabs who are busy interacting with each other. The text offers the young reader choices, as on page 26 the reader can either continue to a certain page if one hermit crab doesn't help another, or continue to another page if the one crab helps the other. Conversation bubbles on many of the pages in this book offer interesting facts about hermit crabs that are relevant to the information on each page. The story concludes with an online site that offers further information about hermit crabs, their habits and habitats.

"Who's in That Shell" is well-written and a good resource for classroom teachers as well as the young reader who wants to learn on their own. Merman, Mura, Mama Jazz, Purple and the elusive Bleu behave as hermit crabs do with their crawling and falling. The conversation bubbles that offer information on hermit crabs make this book especially appealing. The book's print size is perfect for use by everyone and children's libraries in public and school settings will welcome "Who's in That Shell".


I found this to be an excellent book for adults or children, with the unique options of reading a great book that allows readers to choose where the story will go.
I highly recommend this book for all!!!