We do not live near a beach. My children have no experience with the ocean, or the amazing creatures you find at the beach, beyond watching documentaries or reading in books. They loved this well-illustrated book that follows a fiddler crab from his earliest life as a larvae, through his adventures in the ocean, and the challenging transition to life on land as he grows.
Very well-written, engaging, and informative. We had gone down the beach earlier this year and saw some fiddler crab holes, but we didn’t know what they were. Then we got this book, and it was so fun to discover all the answers to our questions.
We really enjoyed this book, especially one of my sons who loves nature study and animals. It reads like a story, but teaches about the life cycle of a crab. We loved the beautiful illustrations and the lively descriptions of what a crab would experience.
For six years we lived in Southern Virginia by the coast, and little fiddler crabs, with their one small claw and one enormous claw, could be seen scuttering by the water everywhere. We didn’t know much about them other than they were amusing to watch, so this book taught us so much about our little crustacean friends.
We never knew fiddler crabs were so interesting and fun. This book gives an inside look into the life of a fiddler crab. As a “living book,” it isn’t just dry facts but an engaging story that kept us interested until the very end.
With a sense of wonder for the natural world, timeless drawings, and engaging detail, this “living book” describes the fascinating life cycle of a fiddler crab as it grows from a small underwater larva into a feisty shoreline-dwelling adult crab. You’ll find yourself cheering along for young fiddler crab to beat the odds–to transition to land, to escape a hungry bird, to win a mate, and to survive a battle against a larger crab. Fiddler Crab is a delightful introduction to nature study for all ages!
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