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Pagoo by Holling C. Holling

Pagoo (edition 1990)

by Holling C. Holling (Author)

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From the moment of his birth, Pagoo the hermit crab learns to rely on his "instinct" in order to survive to adulthood in his tide pool home.
Authors:Holling C. Holling (Author)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (1990), Edition: Reprint, 88 pages
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Pagoo is the story that incorporates biology into a wonderful book about a tide pool. I would definitely use this book during a science class, because it has a lot of information. I would recommend this book to grades 3-5. ( )
  aloupe | Apr 22, 2014 |
Z seriously loved this strange but wonderful look at tidepool ecology. Holling's writing style reminded me of Jean Henri Fabre's wonderfully poetic writing on insects and observing nature.

1/28/13 Update - Z is re-reading this independently. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
Another fantastic story from Holling C Holling. Because the story is long and very descriptive I keep expecting the kids to be bored but instead at the end of every chapter they beg for more. We love all the drawings in the margins and were fascinated by all the creatures of the tide pools. ( )
1 vote momma2 | Jul 14, 2011 |
Pagoo is one example of Holling C. Holling’s exceptional ability to weave scientific and historical information into a beautifully illustrated fictional format. Holling won the Caldecott Honor Medal in 1941 for his previous work, Paddle to the Sea.

This charming tale follows the life of a hermit crab named Pagoo. The reader is exposed not only to the entire life cycle of a hermit crab, but also the ecology of one small corner of the ocean’s environment. The amount of scientific information that can be gleaned from the story and pictures of Pagoo’s life is astounding.

Each chapter consists of three pages of text bordered by elaborate black and white illustrations, and one full-page colored illustration. We see the life of a hermit crab depicted very realistically by Holling, but the reader is never bored with Holling’s fantastic vignettes of life in and around a tide pool.

This book would fit nicely with a unit in an elementary school classroom about the science process skill of classification. I think having a hermit crab as a class pet would be an amazing experience for students that are reading Pagoo. This book can also be tied very naturally with language arts concepts to create a unique interdisciplinary unit of study.
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This book is dedicated to two of the author's smaller-sized cousins, STEPHEN FREDERICK and DAVID ADDISON JONES. Stephen sailed in from nowhere to Pasadena, California, dropping anchor within sight of Pagoo's very own ocean. David's craft came to where the roll and crash of the sea is apt to be only traffic. This book is really a family affair, because Stephen and David's Grandmother Gertrude is Holling's first cousin. Not only that, Grandma Gertrude played, as a girl, with the Lucille of this book, before Lucille knew Holling.

Then Grandma Gertrude grew up, and Marion was her daughter, and Marion grew up in Chicago, by mighty Lake Michigan water. And she married an Addison Jones, and he knows about water too, and even how a boat stays on top of it. So Marion and Add are Mother and Dad of Stephen and David who one day may read this Pagoo book together.
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Little Pagurus -- "Pagoo" for short -- floated at the surface of the sea.
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