She has 157 published works, 56 being widely available at most bookstores, the remaining being used for schools. She has 3 sons, one of whom had a severe schizoaffective disorder and commited suicide aged 25.
She has won many awards (The Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Best Book to Read Aloud (twice), the British Book Awards (Children’s Book of the Year, 2005), the Experian Big Three Award, the Spoken Book Awards (3 times), the Sheffield Book Award, the Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Book Award, the Norfolk Libraries Book Award and the Book Trust Early Years Award,) and she is still writing award winning books since 1993.
Sharing a shell is a lovely rhyming story. There's a hermit crab, a bristle worm and an anemone that all share a shell which they then outgrow and there's a stormy patch before they share again in a beautiful new shell. The illustrations by Lydia Monks are great, bright, bold and colourful and glitter on every page to make it all that more fun! I've not even one complaint about this book, and neither has Oscar. He loved feeling the glitter and he's a big fan crabs too!
I also found a video online of Donaldson and her husband singing the Sharing a Shell song.
Sharing a Shell RRP £6.99
on sale at Waterstones (3/9/11) at £3.49
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