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Peter's Chair (Peter #3)

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When Peter finds out that his blue furniture is being painted pink for his new baby sister, he takes the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Minnesota Humanities Commission (first published January 25th 1973)
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2nd out of 39 books — 4 voters
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Jermeria Daniel
Jul 10, 2015 Jermeria Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: sharing, family
I would use this book for students who may have a sibling on the way. This is a great book yo use to prepare children for the arrival of another baby therefore creating a text to self connection.
Nov 30, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I love Keats' illustrations in this one! It's a gentle story about a young boy who is jealous of his baby sister getting all his old baby things, until his old toddler's chair helps him realize an important truth.
Emily Holter
Apr 03, 2014 Emily Holter rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book, Peter's Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats. The story starts out with a little boy, maybe around the age of four, playing inside his house with his blocks. When his blocks crash down and make a noise, his mother reminds him to play quietly because they have a new baby in the house. His mother and father are using all of Peter's old things, such as; a crib, cradle, and high chair. Peter becomes jealous and upset that his new, little sister is receiving his old things and his par ...more
Ken Moten
Jun 23, 2016 Ken Moten rated it really liked it
With all the events of the last few months, I nearly overlooked the fact that this year is the 100th birthday anniversary of one of America's greatest children's authors: Ezra Jack Keats. This book is one of the many of his that I read in my early elementary school days. This books plot is to show young kids with younger siblings that they will be required to pass on some of their baby items to them. Keats' stalwart protagonist, Peter, has to learn, this lesson concerning his infant sister. the ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: children-reads
"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 ...more
Shahina Khanom
May 03, 2012 Shahina Khanom rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book as it teaches children about different concepts in life such a sharing, changes of getting older and also growing up. Peter’s parents are about to welcome a new addition to their family a baby girl and start to paint all of Peter’s baby furniture pink. He starts to get upset because he feels all his baby things are being taken away but doesn’t realise he no longer needs them anymore because he is growing up. He saves one item, his chair, but eventually when th ...more
Asalyn Holliday
Like Love You Forever I think this book would be good for learning about growing up and adapting to change. I think this book is very easy to relate to and is very relevant to the lives of many students mainly those who are getting used to having a new sibling. This book would be great for making personal connections and learning to express feelings an appropriate and constructive way.
May 12, 2012 Amal rated it liked it
Peter’s Chair is an amusing book about young boy that has difficulty coping with the idea of having a new sibling. His parents keep painting his old belongings pink and giving it to his younger sister Susie. However, Peter devises a plan to hide his old toddler chair, which his parents have not yet seen. Towards the end of the book, Peter realises that he is too big for his things and comes round to the idea of his sister having them.

This is a wonderful book for explaining to young children the
Oct 23, 2016 Nichole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21-30
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Awards: N/A

Summary: This is about a boy who had just recently become an older brother. He sees his parents taking his things and making them more suitable for the baby sister, which causes him to become jealous. He thought he would run off with a chair before his parents painted it pink for sister, bu he found out it was too small. In the end he tell s his parents that they should pain the chair pink for his little sister.

Prompt Questions:
Why do you think everything is b
Sydney Hall
Sep 22, 2016 Sydney Hall rated it really liked it
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats is a great book for children who have a sibling on the way. This is such a good read for families. Peter is a young boy who's old furniture is getting painted pink for his baby sister. He does not want to share his things, so he takes his blue chair and tries to run away. He has his dog, chair, toy, and a baby picture on his journey with him. He eventually comes to his senses and goes home.
I really liked this book because its good for children to learn that they
Cara Byrne
Aug 25, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
Peter from _The Snowy Day_ returns - but this time, both of his parents and a new baby sister are present. The central conflict of the book emerges from his parents painting his baby furniture pink for baby Susie, making him feel left out. Peter decides to gather several belongings - including a chair he used when he was a baby - and move outside the house. Willie is also present, serving as a canine ally for Peter. In the end, Peter returns and helps paint the chair pink for his sister. There a ...more
Lindsay Johnson
Nov 15, 2014 Lindsay Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Peter's chair is a picture book about a child who is hesitant and struggling to give up his belongings to his baby sister, even though he has outgrown them. In the end, he learns that it is ok to give his sister his belongings and even helps his father prepare them to give to her.

This is a picture book because it is simple reading, with short sentences on each page and pictures that show a visual of what the story is about.

This book would be an awesome resource to use for children in the lower
It's usually a pleasure as a teacher to go back and re-read books from my childhood and "Peter's Chair" is no exception. In fact, it's double the pleasure because after all this time (published in 1967), it holds up very well.

The art in this book is a stand out. Keats' use of collage with cutouts still captivates me to this day. But the main character, Peter, is my friend. He is a young African American boy struggling to deal with the coming of his baby sister. He's a normal kid dealing with no
May 31, 2015 Chloe rated it it was amazing
This realistic non-fiction story features Peter and his adjustment to his new sister. Peter, who is the main character in other stories by Ezra Jack Keats, is troubled by the idea of things changing around his house. This is due to his parents painting his old baby furniture pink because he has a new little sister. The story focuses on one item specifically, which is his chair. Due to the upset of painting his baby furniture pink, Peter decides he want to keep his blue chair to himself. He decid ...more
Taylor Railey
Apr 15, 2014 Taylor Railey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The pictures were colorful but sometimes could seem like a little to much for one page. Sometimes the colors blended together and it was hard to distinguish all of the objects on the page. The story was great though. It was very realistic and could relate to a lot of new older siblings. It was about a boy who realized all of the things that were his when he was a baby were getting painted pink her his new baby sister. At the first fight of all of it he did not enjoy i ...more
Ebony Hargett
Apr 09, 2011 Ebony Hargett rated it really liked it
Great book for students with younger siblings. I enjoyed reading this book because it is easy to relate to. It focuses on growing up, getting angry, dealing with frustration and sharing with a baby sister. Cute illustrations also. Great flow of events in the story.
When Peter sees that all his blue furniture is being painted pink for his new baby sister he rescues his chair and runs away.
The kids got a kick out of this one, especially my 3 year old daughter.
Another great book from Ezra Jack Keats!
Sep 22, 2010 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Peter comes to terms with his baby sister. Even though my son is mostly used to his sister, I still think these sorts of books help him understand that having a sister is something that little boys all over the world have to deal with.
Now that Peter is a little older there is an new addition that has joined his family, his little sister Susie. Everything that was once his is being painted pink and given to Susie, which makes Peter mad and he decides to run away. Once he realizes his mother made a special lunch he comes inside and decides to help with painting things for his little sister.

Sometimes discovering you have to share your parents attention with a sibling can be hard. Ezra Jack Keats writes a story many children can
Nov 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a newly big brother, who sees his family giving all of his old things to his baby sister and decides to take his favorite chair and move to the sidewalk. After realizing that he no longer fits into the chair, the boy decides to paint and give the chair to his sister. It could be used to teach children to recognize the varying emotions the boy feels throughout the story, changing families (e.g., the addition of new family members), and could even be incorporated into a reuse/ ...more
Hadley Webb
Feb 10, 2015 Hadley Webb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-picture-books
This is the story of a boy who has just been blessed with a little sister. Now he is faced with the trouble of adjusting to this huge life changer. The reason I love this story so much is because it hits home. I remember when my little sister was born, and thinking "she is stealing my shine" I didn't understand what it was to have someone to share my parents attention with. This is great to read to younger kids because a lot of them will be going through the same life changing events, and it's g ...more
Anne-thomas Donnelly
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats is an enjoyable story about a boy, Peter, getting used the his new baby sister coming home. Peter begins to notice all his old things are being painted pink and he isn't sure how he feels about it. After getting a little upset and taking his last reaming little chair he leaves the house. When he finds out he can no longer fit in it, he realizes he doesn't mind giving his sister his old things. The illustrations were colorful but I didn't enjoy the drawings very m ...more
Cesally Shermam
Oct 30, 2014 Cesally Shermam rated it it was amazing
Peters chair is a cute picture book that tells the story of a young big brother named Peter who is jealous of his younger sister inheriting some of the things he had when he was a baby. However, Peter eventually comes around and realizes how much he cares for his sister and helps paint his old chair pink for her. I gave this book a five out of five because it was a sweet story that shows how jealousy is not the best, and is filled with beautiful illustrations as well. I think the dominant themes ...more
Claire jobbins
Jan 25, 2016 Claire jobbins rated it it was amazing
Peters chair is the perfect book to get children thinking about a number of themes such as: gender stereotypes, race, family lifestyles and changes that can happen within the family( in this the arrival of a new sibling ). This book would be great to use when,in particular, discussing with children a new sibling as it portrays every thought that a child may have when they are not the only child anymore. It tells a lovely take and the illustrations are clearly well thought out and based on memori ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Peter isn't very happy when he sees his parents altering his toys and furniture from when he was a baby, to use them for his new baby sister. What can he do about it, though? How can he protect from change the things that he no longer uses himself, but thought would always be there?

So, gathering everything belonging to him that he can hold—especially his blue chair, which he can't stand to think might get painted pink—Peter "runs away" to the sidewalk outside of his house, but soon has a chang
Mar 10, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Dear, readers

The book is Peter chair and I am going to tell you a short summary.

Peter was playing with blocks then the block fell then his mom said to be quiet because they were a new baby in the house. Then he saw his highchair was painted pink his dad was painting pink. Then he saw his chair was still not painted pink. Then he took his chair and ran to the front of the house. Then when he was tired so he sat down on his chair but it was too small. Then his mom invited him to lunch but Peter t
Feb 19, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Peter's Chair (Peter) by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic story about growing up and sharing with siblings. Peter feels left out when all his baby and toddler furniture is being painted - pink! - for his new baby sister. So Peter runs away with his unpainted chair along with Willie - all the way to the front of his house. Peter soon discovers that he doesn't fit into in his little chair anymore. He comes home, but still tricks his mother first. Finally he helps his Dad paint his old chair for his si ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Jamaica rated it liked it
Shelves: print, pre-k
A new baby is in the house and all of poor Peter’s old belongings have been given to his baby sister without his permission! Peter is determined to save his chair from his new sister. With wall paper-like graphic to accompany the story realistic and artistic visuals create a fun experience for young readers. Young children are sure to be peeking over their classmate’s heads to get a good view of the pictures during story time!

My favorite dialogue from this story is: “’Hi, Peter,” said his father
Macy Tone
Sep 19, 2012 Macy Tone rated it it was amazing
"Peter's Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats is about a little boy who has a new baby sister in his house. Peter has to adjust to everything that was once his painted pink and given to his little sister because he has grown out of it. Peter has a very hard time doing so and discovers one last thing that his parents haven't painted pink, this is his chair. He rescues his chair and wants to run away with his dog, Willie. They don't get very far and he realizes a change of heart when he tries to sit in the c ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter's Chair bring Peter from "The Snowy Day" back to us. This time, there is a new member in the family, a baby sister. Peter is quickly realizing that many of the things that used to belong to him, are now going to be his sister's. His high chair, his cradle, and his crib have all been painted for his new sister. Peter notices that his little chair has not been painted yet, and so it was still his. He decides to take the chair and run away (outside) with his dog, Willie. While outside, Peter ...more
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