Monday, June 28, 2021

Hermit Crab

I love to combine children's books and toys in gift packages. Sometimes I look for books that fit the theme and other times I look for patterns to fit books that I want to gift.

In this case when I thought about doing an ocean/sea themed package I thought of both Eric Carle's House for Hermit Crab and Bill Peet's Kermit the Hermit.

One of my disapointments recently with Eric Carle's books is that book sites are only selling altered versions of his original picture books. The hardcover versions and picture books are not the tradtional children's book formats many fondly remember of Eric Carle's books. Most of the paper versions have been converted to "leveled" readers. While many publishers have added board book offerings the current hardcover offerings are not what you expect when you buy a hardcover book.

I've been searching through homeschool sites and other book sites for new copies of the traditional sized picture books and I am pleased to say the Hermit Crab will be heading out with traditional sized copies of both Eric Carle and Bill Peet's books.

If you are interested in the traditional picture book sized copies of Eric Carle's books I suggest you check the book measurements. While one expects a smaller version of the book when ordering a board book, I know I have certain expectations when I order a hardcover picture book that used to be a full sized book.

Some of the newer hard cover publications of Carle's books are closer in size to a Beatrix Potter book than a traditional hardcover picture book. If you want the larger sized books try homeschool sites and other book sellers. Some still have the regular picture book sized books in stock.

The pattern for the Hermit Crab comes from How to Crochet Animals: Ocean.

I didn't have the appropriate sport cotton colors and the lighter acrylic I had didn't hold the shape. Thus I went with wosted acrylic yarn and a D hook to have some control over the size of the crab. I used beads for the eyes that I'd recently purchased for Barbie clothes.


Lois Evensen said...

How very clever. Yes, the toy with the book is an excellent way to create and keep interest! :)

Sandi Magle said...

Oh, my goodness, this is adorable. Loving the shell with the lobster/crab too...too cute! Sandi

ExCogito said...

This is sooo cute! Thanks for inspiration :)

#Wonderful Wednesday Linkup, # 27 & 28

Dee | said...

How cute! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 29.

Anne said...

What a great idea combining a toy with a book. I remember when my teen was little we bought her a book called Lucy the Lamb and it came with a little lamb toy, she loved it. It would be even more special to receive a hand made toy...I think I know what my new nephew will be getting for Christmas now :)

Jayne said...

I totally agree. There is something special about a book that is paired up with a toy.
This is just lovely.
Happy 4th of July. :)

Annemarie's Haakblog said...

It's so pretty! I hope you would like to join my link party too. Have a happy day!

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