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Hamster Chase (Easy-to-Read,Viking) Hardcover – March 19, 2001

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-2-Peter, Archie, and Amy, the beloved characters from Ezra Jack Keats's picture books, are back in a beginning-reader adventure. Mikey, the classroom hamster, escapes while being put into his cage and takes off through the nooks and crannies of the classroom. Peter and Archie eventually get the idea of making a trail of food from the coat closet where the animal is hiding back to his cage. Unfortunately, all of the problem solving that results in the hamster's recovery is provided by the two boys. Full-page color illustrations with cut-paper details effectively portray the three African-American children and their school surroundings. A pleasant addition to easy-reader shelves.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

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About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916���1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of���The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication,���The Snowy Day���has come to be regarded as both a children���s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats��� legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter���the star of���The Snowy Day,���Whistle for Willie,���Peter's Chair,���A Letter to Amy,���Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at���www.ezra-jack-keats.org

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Series: Easy-to-Read,Viking
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670889423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670889426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,078,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Who is Anastasia Suen?

a) Author of 215 books for children and adults.

b) Booklist columnist and literacy blogger.

c) Children's literature consultant.

d) A former K, 1, 5, & 6 teacher who visits schools to teach the six traits of writing.

e) A former SDE, UNT, & SMU instructor who works as a freelance editor critiquing manuscripts.

f) All of the above.

The answer is: (f) All of the above.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Oh to be a new reader! For those of you who learned to read with the Dick and Jane books, the latest New Reader books are a whole different class. One pleasing trend is the introduction of well-loved characters and stories to new readers. (One example is the _My first little house books_ series). Enter a new series called Peter's neighborhood, based on the beloved characters created by Ezra Jack Keats. The pictures are eye-catching, reminiscent, naturally, of Keats' style. The simple story is also pleasing with three friends working together to catch the escaped class hamster. Well worth a read.
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Format: Paperback
I've been searching for early readers with children of color as the main characters. This is a great find! My 5 year old daughter loved Hamster Chase - she wanted me to read it to her three times the first night!

When Peter takes his class hamster out of the cage, the little guy escapes! Peter and his friends Archie and Annie search the classroom for Mikey the hamster, but every time they get close Mikey escapes. Children love pets and this story will hook them from the beginning. How will they be able to get the hamster back to his cage? The illustrations are full of color, realistic and engaging. They help the children read the text and pull them into the story. Hamster Chase is a Level 2 Puffin reader. Here's the text from the first page:

Peter took the hamster
out of his cage.
"I'm going to miss you
next week, Mikey," he said.
"Why?" asked Archie.
"It will be Amy's turn
to take care of him," said Peter.

This is part of a series of early readers called Peter's Neighborhood, based on the beloved characters created by Ezra Jack Keats. Other titles include: The Loose Tooth and The Clubhouse. If you like this, be sure to check out Anastasia Suen's blogs: Picture Book of the Day and 5 Great Books. She's the author of over 100 books for children.

For other easy books with children of color, check out my blog: Great Kid Books ([...]
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