Before we moved to West Yorkshire we used to live on the east coast. We lived near the beach and would often visit. Now that we don’t live so close we don’t visit as often but when we do we love to spend time at the beach playing in the sand, sea and exploring the rockpools. We are planning a visit in half term to see my parents and we will certainly be paying the beach a visit too.
Recently we were sent a lovely book about looking after and respecting creatures from the sea – something which we have always taught our boys from a young age.
Colin The Crab,(mascot of Norfolk-based company Gone Crabbing), is the star of a new pop-up book about himself and his seaside friends – Sally the Starfish and Mike the Mussel. The three friends live together in their rock pool. Then, one summer’s day, Sally and Mike are swept up into a bucket by some children who are exploring the beach. After recovering from the shock, Colin set off to find his friends when, luckily, they’re returned to their home at the end of the day.
The book is beautifully illustrated and brought to life by a series of pop-up pictures, there is an underlying message in the book. With lots of families enjoy crabbing and rock pooling at beaches all around the UK it’s important to limit the number of sea creatures collected at any one time and to ensure the water is kept cool. And, just as the children in the story do, they should be returned as close to where they were found as possible.
With an RRP of £7.99, the story of Colin the Crab is the perfect tale for young children. The story is written by Gone Crabbing’s founder Susie Mason, Colin the Crab’s story can be bought online at www.gonecrabbing.co.uk as well as in Gone Crabbing stockists throughout the UK.
Gone Crabbing was founded 5 years ago when Susie spotted a gap in the market for high-end holiday souvenirs, she started producing kids’ t-shirts featuring funky, seaside designs in bright, bold colours. Given crabbing is so popular with young visitors to Norfolk, Susie chose Colin the Crab as her brand identity. Gone Crabbing has shops in both Norfolk and Suffolk, over 50 stockists throughout the UK and a successful and busy on-line business too.
Along with Gone Crabbing’s wide range of t-shirts and hoodies to fit both adults and children – known as the Big Nipper and Little Nipper ranges, you can also find beach towels, soaps, silver Colin the Crab necklaces and many home ware products too including tea towels, place mats and coasters, oven gloves, aprons, mugs and paper napkins – perfect for any Colin crab or seaside fan.
*We were sent the mentioned products for the purpose of this piece – all thoughts and opinions are my own*