Do Your Children Love Crayfish and Hermit Crabs?


JEMSBOOKS has 18 children’s books for your kids to enjoy. Two of these books are about crustaceans who lived as pets in our fish tanks. Hop on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for some fun reading for children PS-Grade 3.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish lived in a 19-gallon freshwater tank. Jerry was quite the fellow – crabby and controlling. He thought he owned the tank. Well, he almost did! He was the biggest thing in the tank.

I had fun creating a story about Jerry who really was crabby. We saw him in action in his crabby state. My grandchildren loved him and couldn’t wait to say hi to him. He was more popular than me! I had to ask them to say hello to me.

If my grandchildren got too close to Jerry’s tank he would look up at them and wave his claws to warn them away. They loved it and kept trying to come closer to get him crankier. Jerry also reminded us to feed him. If my husband was just a minute late he would tap the glass to remind us that he was hungry. He was so sweet even if he was a little cranky. Jerry provided many hours of entertainment for all of us.

He is no longer with us. It was a sad day indeed for me too. But by creating a story about Jerry I kept his memory alive forever. Now all children out there can enjoy meeting Jerry and learning more about him and his tank. It is a fun way for children to learn about crayfish and molting, etc. They will also learn important life lessons of helping others and being kind.

The other book is about a hermit crab, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. Clarence was an entertaining fellow too. He came to us with one less claw and leg. He did a great job of cleaning the tank which is why we purchased him. We didn’t expect to have such a special crab that we still miss today. Our current tank needs him badly.

Clarence lived in a 85-gallon saltwater tank at that time. My husband hadn’t noticed that he had less appendages when he purchased him from an aquarium store but that didn’t stop Clarence from getting right into his job of cleaning out the bottom of the tank.

I captured Clarence in many photos changing shells, growing his claw and leg, eating clams, and getting acquainted with his fellow inhabitants of their water world. I included some of these photos in the back of the book for children to enjoy. This book makes for a perfect addition to science curriculum in schools for children to learn about hermit crabs in a fun and entertaining way.

These two crustaceans will always remain in my heart for what they gave back to us. I hope you will enjoy learning about our water world pets. For those who doubt that creatures of the sea have personalities you must meet Jerry and Clarence Henry. They will surprise and delight you with their antics. Even our fish in both of our tanks have distinctive personalities. Some of them we have named but others we have not. It is sad when we lose one of them and to name them it is even harder to bear.

Here are some reviews of these books on Amazon:

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Thank you also for your kind support of my books and blog and for any reviews you posted wherever my books are sold.

I hope if you and your children have not met Jerry and Clarence Henry that you will bring them home and enjoy these books today. You won’t be disappointed. Each book received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for which I am grateful. Please read to your children daily to help instill a love of reading that will stay with them for a lifetime. It is also a special way to spend quality time with them which they will love and so will you! Happy Reading!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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