Chrissie's Shell  -     By: Brooke Keith
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Chrissie's Shell

Warner Press / 2010 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Warner Press
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 1593173989
ISBN-13: 9781593173982
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Publisher's Description

Chrissie is a little turtle with a big problem: she believes her shell is empty. She spends her days comparing herself with other animals in the forest and imagining what it would be like to be them, only to end up disappointed again and again when she finds she cannot transform herself into someone new.

At last, when Chrissie is ready to give up all hope, she has a conversation with God. She begs him to make her into a creature like the wonderful animals she has seen, but God has something better in mind. He explains why He has made Chrissie the way she is. He then directs her to the pond, where Chrissie finally captures a vision of herself as God sees her. She realizes her shell is not empty after all and that God loves her just the way she is.

The message of Chrissie's Shell by Brooke Keith is that each creature put on this earth by God is "wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Little Chrissie the turtle wishes she could run as fast as the field mouse or the rabbit. She wishes she could do a magic trick the way the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. She wishes she could be mighty and bold like the brown bear. She wishes she could climb trees as well as a squirrel. Unfortunately, all she has is a heavy-duty thick shell to carry around.

Then one day God talks to Chrissie. He reminds her that when it rained, she let the firefly have safety in her shell. When the robin accidentally dropped her egg from the nest to the lake, Chrissie swam and saved it. When the injured lizard could not walk, Chrissie carried it home on her back. Day after day she has been the hero to the other animals, doing what they could not do. Finally, Chrissie looks at her reflection in the lake and sees someone who is distinct, helpful, unique, and admired. She thanks God for the fact she is "wonderfully made."

This book will help children accept the color of their skin, their physical builds, their genders, and their academic or athletic or artistic gifts. The words are easy enough for a child ages 4 - 7 to sound out and read, and the colorful drawings are vivid blends of yellows, greens, blues, and browns designed to display nature at its best. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Brooke Keith
Located in: Georgia
Submitted: July 03, 2010

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Chrissie was a wonderful little someone who had such a zest for life. I met her through a children's charity that I've volunteered with for many years. Her spirit was so pure and spectacular. She touched every life that passed her way and left each all the better for knowing her. Doctors, nurses, hospital staff . . . everyone loved her through and through. And even at her lowest moments, she could be found helping other kids handle their own illness. In the short time I knew her, she taught me a lot about life. Love much, laugh often, have a little faith . . . It was impossible to know Chrissie without knowing true beauty and the book's namesake is dedicated to her legacy of love and purpose.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Your eyes, your ears, your nose, your capabilities . . . they were each handpicked with great purpose. Even if you had spaghetti hair and meatball toes . . . if that’s what God gave you, then that’s beautiful. God doesn’t make mistakes. It might not seem that way now, but someday you will look back and see that God has written His name on every part of your life. One day the things that you dislike the most will make you who you are.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I grew up with freckles on my face, ears that stuck out like a Keebler Elf and tiny little chicken legs. I remember wishing I looked differently. I wished I was athletic. I wished I was better at math. But when I had kids of my own and I listened to them point out things they didn’t like about themselves . . . that went straight down to my heart. Each of them is so beautiful and unique. I wouldn’t change a hair on their head. Becoming a parent gives you a great revelation into the heart of God. He made us with such care, just the way He wanted us. And that felt so important to me. God wants children and grownups alike to know that He loves all those quirky things that make them special and unique. He wouldn’t change a hair on their head.


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