Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Crustaceans

A Guide for Children

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of crustaceans.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what crustaceans are, how they look, how they protect themselves, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the diversity of the crustacean population, from a Sand Fiddler to a California Rock Lobster.  An afterword provides further details on the crustaceans to inspire young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-301-6
Publication Date: 3/1/2004
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-405-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2007
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.6
F&P: K, Gr 2, Genre I
Themes: Crustacean Behavior, Crustacean Characteristics, Crustacean Habitats


“This is an excellent example of easy nonfiction, perfect for beginning readers or for sharing aloud with budding naturalists.” ―School Library Journal

“Marvelous paintings evoke the seashore, with all its color and fluidity…An excellent first resource book for young children.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The clarity of layout, text, and illustration gives this book an accessible look, while the quality of the presentation makes it well worth sharing in the classroom.” ―Booklist

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“I really like how it lays out all the facts about the crustaceans and I really loved the illustrations. They were awesome! I think people age 4 and up would like it, especially people who live by the beach. If I could I would give it 6 stars! –Eliot K., age 6” ―Mensa Foundation Magazine

“A treasure to have tucked on a shelf ready for the inquisitive youngster to while away an afternoon learning while he is having fun. I highly recommend this set of books for the home library as well as the school library.” ―Chat with Vera

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2005

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.