Author(s): June Allen
On the Cook Islands and other South Pacific Islands, children collect hermit crabs from the beach at dusk. A number is written on each shell and then next day there is an event in which the crabs are placed in the middle of a circle and onlookers watch to see which one gets to the rope circle first. There is a moral in the story, the littlest crab is able to outwit the bigger contestants. Lovely illustrations, many in colour depict children and the crabs.
Great tourist material especially to take home for young families. The story is lovely, and the book is light for packing.
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June Allen has written a series of delightful illustrated books to read to young children. She likes to highlight natural fauna and flora of her native country, New Zealand and the neighbouring South Pacific islands. June is a former school librarian and reading teacher. She knows that kids love interesting words, and little creatures. Each book is well illustrated. The Cook Islands Crab Race has been illustrated by Polly Whimp. The children in the book are of different skin hues which is reflects the society and environment of this wonderful holiday resort.