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. Volume IX Number 19 . . . . May 23, 2003
My Pet Hamster is divided into logical sections, and most of the information is provided in easy to read bullet pointed lists. A terrific addition to this book are the "My Hamster Notebook" sections which encourages the reader to answer questions and do a bit of creative writing. The "Tumbleweed Tip" and "Tumbleweed Trivia" sections provide fast facts that will allow the reader to learn even more about hamsters. The "Try This" sections are fun activities which include: comparing rodents, making a burrowing hamsterquarium, and making a hamster play maze. This book is laid out almost like a workbook. Children will want to actively read My Pet Hamster and make it their own by writing in it and completing the suggested activities.
Jane Kurisu's cover of My Pet Hamster is eye catching and should be attractive to young readers. The illustrations are a mixture of colourful drawings and photographs of "Tumbleweed". The depictions of the hamsters are quite amusing, particularly their facial expressions. The numbered pages are great balance between easy to read text and interesting illustrations.
My Pet Hamster is a recommended purchase for classrooms with a pet hamster and a “must-have” for any family with young children who have a hamster or are considering getting one.
As the result of another exciting Northern move, Catherine Hoyt is now living and working in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. She is a volunteer at one of the most northern public libraries in Canada.
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