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Peter's chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Peter's chair (original 1967; edition 1998)

by Ezra Jack Keats

Series: Peter (3)

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When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.
Title:Peter's chair
Authors:Ezra Jack Keats
Info:New York : Viking, 1998.
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Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats (1967)


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Pete has a new baby sister . . . her name is Susie. And Pete is not sure he is happy about it. His parents painted his cradle, his high chair, and his crib pink for Susie. Now they’re going to paint his chair. So Pete grabs it and runs to his room.

Then Pete and his dog, Willie, run away.

What will happen when Pete’s parents discover that both Pete and Willie are gone?

Colorful illustrations highlight this gentle tale, a story many young readers will relate to and will readily empathize with Pete’s frustrations. It’s a perfect platform for a discussion between parent and child, reminding them that a new baby does not take the place of the older child.

The targeted audience, young readers ages three through seven [preschool through second grade], are sure to relate to Pete’s feelings. Ostensibly, the story is about Pete's sibling rivalry, but, in truth, it speaks more to Pete’s feelings about change and his baby sister than it does to any sense of rivalry. Some readers may cringe at what many consider the gender stereotype of Pete’s furniture being blue and then painted pink for Susie, but young readers are likely to be accepting of this as the norm in their world. This charming story is a sweet tale of love and accommodation and family.

Young readers will chuckle at Pete’s solution to his problem and the ending is perfect for the telling of this tale.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Oct 3, 2021 |
Fun fluff, excellent art. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
A young boy named Peter is adjusting to his parents having a new baby sister. Things become too much for him when he realizes all of his parents attention is focused on the new baby and painting his old furniture pink. They try to include him in preparing the furniture but he doesn't want to because those were HIS things. He takes his chair (which is not yet painted) and runs away. At one point he realizes that he is too big for his chair. When he comes inside for dinner he realizes that he has outgrown some of his old things and that he is growing up. He then offers to help his parents get ready for the baby. I think this is a good concept to touch on with children especially for those who are about to become older siblings, however I do think that parents today are for the most part very careful in how they include their first born in preparing for a new baby. I am not sure that this story is "needed" today. ( )
  Bambi882 | Sep 27, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Keats, E. J. (2004). Peter’s chair. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.
This book is most appropriate for preschoolers. This book follows the story of a young boy named Peter and how he is adjusting to having a new baby sister. He starts to see that his family is taking all of his used baby belongings and painting them pink for his new baby sister. Peter finds that his chair hasn’t been painted yet and runs away with his chair so his parents can’t paint it. In the end Peter realizes he is too big for the chair anyway and happily helps his family paint it pink for his sister.
  SCasey55 | Jun 13, 2020 |
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A more charming or contemporary child than Peter is hard to bring to mind.
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When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

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Peter has anew baby sister. All of his old baby things are being passes down to her and he feels jealous.
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