Review: Peter’s Chair

Peter's ChairPeter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Peter’s Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats demostrates the importance of learning to share and helps children realize that, as they get older, they will not be able to do the same things as before. This story is about a little boy whose family is about to welcome a brand new baby girl; as a result of this, they are painting all of Peter’s baby things pink. Well, naturally, he starts to feel left out, like all his baby things are being taken away from him for the new baby. So, he decides to save the one thing left, his chair. He even decides to run away with it. However, once he finally settles down and decides to enjoy his chair, he discovers that he’s not able to fit into it at all. He has grown too big for it. So, he decides to go back home, and offers his chair to be painted pink for the new baby.

As a parent, I thought this story was great, and emanated a very important message. The one thing that I did not like was that it wasn’t very interactive for my daughter. It was really a story that just allowed her to listen and take it all in so she kind of just looked at the pictures as I went along, but the pictures was great. That’s another thing that I like about Keats’ books. The pictures are always very colorful and vibrant.

I give it 4 stars.

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