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  • Celebrates the remarkable bond of friendship
  • Highlights the value of individuality and differences
  • Teaches the benefits of seeking guidance
  • Written for children ages 4-8

"Celebrate the remarkable bond of friendship and walk down the path of self-discovery in this uplifting new children's book!"

Abantika Bose

About the book

About the book

The Boy and the Shells

One day an argument breaks out among the friends of a young boy. Each wants to be the boy's best friend, but nobody wants to back down. Whom should he choose? The boy has a dilemma. At his mother's advice, he travels far to seek the guidance of a wise old man gifted at answering these challenging questions. But after meeting the man, the boy soon learns his question may not have an easy answer! Will the wise man be able to help?


The Boy and the Shells is a heartwarming story written for children ages four through eight and is beautifully illustrated to help bring its lessons to life. It highlights the value of individuality and differences and the importance of each friendship within the reader's own village. It also teaches the benefits of seeking guidance and new perspectives in the journey to answer life's tough questions.


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Themes in the book

Friendship is a remarkable gift

Individuality is something that should be valued

It is important to ask for guidance

Self-discovery is a journey

Effort is often required to grow

There are creative solutions to any problem

Everyone experiences frustrations

Changing perspective allows new views

Differences are beautiful and should be celebrated

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See what people are saying about the book!

"The Boy and the Shells is a heart-warming story of self-discovery that highlights the value of individuality and differences."

Kristin F

"...exquisite illustrations and a beautiful message about how our unique attributes are the most valuable thing we can bring to a friendship."

Melissa B

"This is a beautiful fable that teaches it's ok to ask for help and guidance on a journey to becoming a kind, accepting, and confident human!"

Abantika B

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About the author

Erik Richter, Author

Erik Richter

Erik Richter is a dad, husband, software engineer, airplane pilot, and sommelier. He resides in Hartland, WI with his wife, son, and Goldendoodle. "The Boy and the Shells" is his first children's book and was inspired by a jar of shells his mom brought back from the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

You may contact him via email at hello@erikrichter.com or at erikrichter.com.

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