Choosing a Shell

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Choosing a Shell

Choosing a Shell

By: Victoria Padron

About the Book

Choosing a Shell is about a young hermit crab trying to make a tough decision in life. This young crab receives help from a parent in order to make the best decision possible for itself. Making good choices is hard for anyone, but it can be even harder on children. It is good to have someone to guide you.


About the Author

Growing up in a family that was involved with foster care for many years, Victoria Padron had to see many children struggling through situations on their own in life. She was grateful to be able to lend a helping hand to anyone she could and it made her thankful that she had siblings and parents who were willing to be that guiding hand to so many different children.

                Victoria wrote this book to be inclusive for all children. She wanted any child who read this book to be able to identify with Swell. Victoria wanted children to be able to see that even if their family is not like other families, there is always someone they can look up to or depend on as a parent figure. Victoria knows that no family is the same and therefore no child is in the same. “We are all different and coming from different situations, why not embrace that?” She hopes that you enjoy your reading of Choosing a Shell.


(2017, Hardcover, 38 pages)

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  • 5

    Posted by Shilo on Dec 21st 2017

    Great book.. True to life... Inspirational.

  • 5
    Choosing a Shell

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 21st 2017

    An awesome story. My grandsons, as well as niece and nephews thoroughly enjoy this story. Simply put.... it's a great one.

  • 5
    Choosing a Shell

    Posted by Martha Gould on Dec 21st 2017

    CHOOSING A SHELL by Victoria Padron
    Choosing a Shell is a delightful picture book about a hermit crab called Swell who wanted a new shell. Swell had a parent named Snell who helped him find the right shell. The rhyming is a delight, and children will enjoy and probably chant the rhyming along with a teacher or librarian who is reading the book. The illustrations have a folk art feel and enhance the book.
    What makes this book different from most picture books is the addition of photographs of actual hermit crabs and easily understood facts about hermit crabs. In the author’s quiet way, this is a life lesson about decisions and help in making good decisions. I enjoyed reading this charming story and highly recommend it for kindergarten through 3rd grade.
    Martha Gould
    Children’s Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library 1960-1972
    Vice Chair and Chair US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science 1993-2003

  • 5

    Posted by Marian Stull on Dec 16th 2017

    Fabulous pictures paired up with an inspirational tale, will captivate young readers. Story pays tribute to all who are seeking peace, love and happiness. Good read not only for kids but also lots of adults can learn from it. Victoria really nailed it. Amazing for her first book. She has a great future as an author.

  • 5
    Choosing A Shell

    Posted by Margo Williamson on Nov 5th 2017

    This sweet children's book is really excellent on so many levels. It's a great story with a message, and it's fun and easy to read out loud to a child. It's important to teach a child about the natural world, and to learn lessons from it. The book is very imaginative and appealing to many age groups. Congratulations to Victoria!

  • 5
    It's just so cute!!

    Posted by Jaleh on Oct 1st 2017

    This book made me cry it's so good!