Thursday, July 4, 2013

Peter's Chair

Cover art for PETER'S CHAIR

Author & Illustrator:   Ezra Jack Keats
Publisher:  Viking
Publication Year:  1967
Location: Personal Collection

Awards:   Kirkus starred review,

Summary:  Peter, of The Snowy Day fame, has a new sister named Susie, and he is not happy about it. He has to be quiet around here, and she's getting all of his things. He decides that he and his dog Willie will take his blue chair and run away! They go in front of the house, but when Peter tries to sit down his blue chair is too small. Then rejoins the family, in a grown-up chair, and suggests that they paint his little chair pink for his sister.

Classroom Ideas: This would be an excellent story for characterization, as Peter changes during the process. A teacher, librarian, or counselor could also use this story to talk to kids about jealousy and sibling rivalry.

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