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Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins) Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140564411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140564419
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

Great pictures and cute story.
Selene
This is a wonderful tale of sharing and inclusion for the new big sibling in your home.
allison king
Great book ordered it for my daughter summer reading material.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Diaspora Chic on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FSG on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Baek on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By tracey murray on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Back to the East on January 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
great book. boys love it. great for children, esp boys, with new siblings. about a boy who sees all of his baby stuff transformed into pink for his new baby sister. we see how he reacts to this and how his parents help him cope.
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