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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 DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 390 (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140564411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140564419
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I don't know what ken32 is talking about but Peter's Chair has nothing to do with gender difference. It is about a boy, Peter, who is disgruntled at the change that is occuring around the house for his new baby sister Susie. Peter sees that his baby items are being painted over in pink, which is the color that will identify if the baby is going to be a girl. Babies don't care what color their furniture is.

But Peter feeling that everything he has is going to be given to his sister, takes his childhood chair and runs away from home. But he realizes that he isn't a little boy anymore. He is a boy but not a baby. He has to accept change in the household when a sibling is born. Peter is not seen as a spoiled brat. He just doesn't want to have to give in to Susie. Peter learns a valuable lesson and is willing to help his family any way he can.

Ezra Jack Keats, rest in peace, is a good storyteller. His stories are centered around the urban areas. He doesn't paint a negative view of the city. He rather illustrates it as a community of supporting and close-knit citizens. His books dispel the media misconception of the dying city.
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This is a wonderful story with delightful illustrations about a young boy who is feeling displaced because he has a baby sister on the way. He is upset to see his old layette painted pink for baby Susie and his infant toys passed down to her.

The one thing that has escaped the fate of the pink paint is his old toddler chair. Peter stashes his chair away and later sets up a clever trap to fool everyone into thinking he is hiding behind the curtains. Peter tries to reclaim his old seat, but he has long outgrown it.

Sadder, but wiser, he accepts his new sister and even gives her a prized gift. This is a wonderful classic!
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By A Customer on January 1, 2002
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I have 2 boys in 1st grade with little sisters. This book reflects the struggle that they go through in sharing things with younger siblings.
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By Ulyyf on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Peter is growing up. Coincidentally, he also has a baby sister.

Putting these two things together means that the family is going and repainting all his unneeded baby things - his high chair, his crib, his little chair - for the new baby.

Like many children, the fact that he's outgrown these things doesn't seem to Peter to be the concern. The problem is that they're HIS things, so he took his chair and he Ran Away. To... the front of the house.

It's resolved a bit neatly when he realizes, through sitting in it, that he really has outgrown all these things and comes back in to rejoin the family and welcome his sister, but it's all very sweet.
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My daughter, now age 5, has loved this book for years. Even though she is an only child, I think the concept of welcoming a new baby into the family and learning to share resonates with her, as she has a younger cousin who's as close as a sibling to her. This lovely little story with a sweet ending, and my daughter asks us to read it often as her bedtime story.
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When I was writing a follow-up to my first book, 'Be gentle with the dog, dear!', I was recommended this book by my agent. This is a great book and certainly relatable having 2 kids. I didn't think much of hand-me-downs but suddenly they became precious to my oldest daughter.
It's fun to see peters innocent rebellion when his 'things' turn blue to pink. I think, as an adolescent, we have thought about running away from home with nowhere to go; the author captures this well.
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I teach children ages3-5 and one day I went to the library to get some books for them PETER'S CHAIR was among the selection it also came with the tape so when I wasn't able to read to the children I would put hte tape on for them. The children requested the book everyday up until the day I had dto take it back,there was one child in particular who would come up to me and say Ms.Tracey could you read Peter's Chair to me so I would sit her on my lap and read it just to her and than one day she came to me and said can I read Peter's Chair to you Ms.Tracey, and so in her own words and with expression she read Peter's Chair it did my heart good that she (KEISHA)had started her love for books. Thanks to Ezra Jack Keats you've made a difference in a child's life.
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We all know what it was like to be little children. We would love to play around our house, draw with our crayons and make a big mess and love to sit in our little chair. But for Peter, a new baby sister will change his life at home.
In the book, we meet Peter again and after making a giant tower of his toys and it falls down, his mother tells him to be quiet so his new baby sister Susie can sleep. But when sees his sister sleeping, he's shocked to see his old crib painted in pink. Next, he sees his father about to paint his old highchair pink for Susie. He then feels unhappy about his old baby things being turned pink, but when he finds his old chair, he takes it and decide to run away with his dog Willie. With a few things in their posessions, they decide to live in the front of their home, but when Peter decides to sit in his chair, he cannot fit in it. So what will he do with it?
Like "The Snowy Day" and "Whistle for Willie", "Peter's Chair" is a nice and original story of childhood. It also shows kids that they are growing up, but will always have wonderful memories of their early life, including how to manage a new life with a new sibling. But no matter what, children will have a great time with this heartwarming book.
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