By Brooke Keith
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. God 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.
Chrissie’s Shell is supported by the scripture Psalm 139:14 NIV: I praise you for I am…wonderfully made. Throughout the book, Chrissie questions who she is and believes she is just an “invisible little someone in an oh, so empty shell.” In her ultimate dialogue with God, she learns to see herself from God’s perspective.
This Blonde’s Review:
This is such a cute story. It shows children that even though we are all different, we are Wonderful the way we are.
Chrissie the turtle spends her days dreaming of being someone else. She doesn’t believe she is good enough, and believes she’s only an empty shell. Chrissie is such a nice turtle, helping other animals any time they need her. But she doesn’t even see how special that is.
There are so many great illustrations in this book. We see Chrissie imagining herself with mouse ears or squirrel with Chrissie’s shell. Something else we see is the way Chrissie helps the animals around her. When she pulls a fallen egg out of the water she still believes that another animal could have done it better.
Finally she has a conversation with God. She tries to talk Him into changing her into something else. He tells her that she was made to do the things that she does best. Finally he shows her what she looks like and Chrissie finally sees. She sees that she IS beautiful. She Is worth something.
My kids and I all loved this story. They got such a giggle out of the pictures. I would recommend this story, and so do my kids.