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Arthur's Pen Pal (Arthur the Chimpanzee)

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Arthur thinks his pen pal is more fun than his little sister. Little sisters don't do things like karate and wrestling -- or do they? It takes a surprise letter to show Arthur that sometimes there's more to sisters -- and pen pals -- than meets the eye!
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 7th 1982 by HarperCollins (first published 1976)
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Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
No sooner was David's laundry on his shelf than he was curled back up on the couch, reading this one. Dare I take him to the library today for more?
Margaret Ann Bryan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Arthur is a typical big brother. His little sister, Violet, annoys him. She is always asking for help and doing things that Arthur doesn't like. Arthur likes to tell his pen pal about it. His pen pal is named Sandy. Sandy has one older brother and they do karate together. Arthur is jealous of his big brother. As the story goes on Arthur gets into some mischief. He makes a mess in his room and pretends to take a bath and gets caught. Violet does not get involved in any mischief, and Arth ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story with Arthur learning a lesson that boys aren't really all that different than girls. At the start of the story his little sister, Violet, is annoying him by asking too many questions. He is trying to write a letter to his penpal, Sandy, but keeps getting sidetracked. Frustrated, he tells Sandy that he is lucky to have an older brother.

But all is not as it first seems when Sandy responds to his letter. And, in the meantime, Violet shows Arthur that she is very good at activit
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The kids weren't too impressed with Arthur's attitude, but they loved the twist ending, and they enjoyed seeing Aruthr's transformation from being annoyed by Violet to thinking that she wasn't so bad after all.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, library
Adorable! Author was complaining to his pen pal about his little sister...but there's a surprise at the end.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 6-8, reader, hp, ar
AR Quiz No. 29967 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
Jul 10, 2008 added it
I'm working on entering all the books I've ever read. This book was one of them. It's a children's book. I read this book a long time ago.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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the story of arthur the monkey and how he makes a new frienda cute story of the relationship children have between each other, good early reader
Vivian Clarke
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's a good book to show just cause you might not be the best at one thing doesn't mean you aren't great at something else. It also goes against typical gender roles with sandy doing karate.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first in2books assignment of the year - really cute!
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The youngest of three children, Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1925. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, studied dance for ten years (and danced with the Martha Graham dancers), taught Modern Dance and danced professionally in the 1950s.
She learned to draw still life and began to write her own stories only after having children (Phoebe, Brom, Esme and Julia), and
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