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Children's LiteratureTeresa Bateman creatively addresses a very delicate subject with a dedicated pet and a hard-working boy in this fun poetic narrative. Young Harry loves his junk food; he and his parents pig out in front of the TV after school and work and any other time they please. As Bob the Hamster watches their dangerous dietary patterns develop, he devises a plan to intervene. One day an unexpected invitation comes for Harry to attend camp. Upon arriving at camp, Harry magically turns into a hamster! As he and the other campers experience their new lives, they learn about exercise and proper dietary behaviors. Surprisingly, they love their new habits! Romping, playing, and eating their veggies turn out to be amazingly enjoyable activities! Harry maintains his new way of living when he returns home and even demonstrates a healthier lifestyle for his parents. This colorful picture book can help break the treacherous ice of a weight loss discussion in health class or in a home. It can aid in the development of new patterns of eating and exercising. 2005, Albert Whitman and Company, Ages 7 to 12.