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Kermit the Hermit
First edition
Author Bill Peet
Illustrator Bill Peet
Language English
Genre Picture book
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 45
ISBN 978-0-395-29607-3
OCLC 306248

Kermit the Hermit is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Bill Peet. It was first published in 1965. It tells the story of a greedy crab who collects and hoards all sorts of unnecessary things. Bill Peet said he got the idea for the book from sketching crabs stacked on ice in the sea food display of a supermarket. It has been printed in six editions and is still in print as of 2008.

"The illustrations are touched with inspired lunacy (as is the rhyme) and the color is arresting. This is Peet's best since Chester, which was his best since Randy's Dandy Lions, which was his best since Ella, etc., etc., etc"

Kirkus Reviews

Plot summary

One day, when Kermit attempts to gain another unnecessary thing, he is almost buried by a dog, but is saved by a poor boy. Kermit is grateful and wants to thank the boy, but cannot think of a way to do so until he finds a chest of gold. As he stores the gold pieces in his cave, he slowly gives up one thing at a time, until he has all the gold and no more possessions in his cave. With the help of the pelican, Kermit drops coins down the boy's chimney. The boy's family becomes rich and Kermit learns the value of sharing.

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