I Want a Hamster

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Watching it run on its wheel isn't the only thing involved in owning a hamster. You'll care for your hamster every day. Is a hamster the pet for you?

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Overview

Watching it run on its wheel isn't the only thing involved in owning a hamster. You'll care for your hamster every day. Is a hamster the pet for you?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The "I Want a Pet" series of early readers touches on a subject dear to many kids' hearts, owning a pet. Large text and limited word count per page introduce the topic with the query, "wouldn't you like to have a hamster?" This highlights the joys while the rest of the book delves into the responsibilities of pet ownership. There are special requirements for a hamster home. They can live in a cage or an aquarium. A specific location needs to be identified for the hamster home. Hamsters need attention and care every day. The bedding in the cage needs to be cleaned once a week. If it gets sick, the hamster may need to go to a veterinarian. A few tips on selecting a hamster and the supplies required help the reader to understand that the decision to own a hamster comes with responsibilities. Large photographs of children and hamsters illustrate the text helping the reader to easily put herself in the picture and imagine being a hamster owner. A glossary, word count, and index are included with reading suggestions and access to researched internet links. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Each spread of these large-format books features a few sentences opposite a large color photo. Together, they provide basic facts about selecting pets, purchasing necessary equipment, and caring for the animals. The children and adults in many of the photos look stiff and posed. Controlled vocabulary and simple sentence structure can provide reading practice for the target audience. However, due to the limitations of the format and the resulting scarcity of information, potential pet owners will need to look elsewhere for in-depth information about ownership. At the time of review, the ASPCA links included in the publisher's suggested websites list go to the cat-care section for all four books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429675987
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: I Want a Pet Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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