by Jerry Pallotta; illus by Tom Leonard
32 pages; ages 3-7
themes: alphabet, arthropods, diversity
A is for Arrow Crab. This skinny creature with the arrow-shaped head and body is an ocean crab.
This book is filled with crabs: skinny crabs and fat crabs, red crabs and blue crabs. Some crabs are huge – measuring 13 feet from toe to toe – and others are tiny. There are fiddler crabs that don’t play the fiddle, and crabs that look like they’re wearing mittens.
They may look very different from each other, but all crabs have ten legs – even though the front two end in claws.
I like the note from the crabs at the end of the book which explains that the horseshoe crab may have “crab” in its name, but it’s not a crab! “We didn’t want our own book because we’re selfish,” the crabs write. “We’re shellfish!”
And I really like the notes the crabs write throughout the book – tidbits of information about regeneration of lost limbs, molting, and blood color. Bluish-green, if you must know. Great illustrations paired with fun and breezy text makes you want to linger over each page.
Beyond the Book:
Crabs are crustaceans. They’re related to lobsters, shrimp, and barnacles. You can learn more at this website.
Walk like a crab. You need to walk on your hands and feet, but not the way you think. Crab-walking improves your health and strength. Here’s how to do it.
Make a paper plate crab. You’ll find directions here.
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