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Hamster Magic
A Stepping Stone Book
by Lynne Jonell

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

The Willow family has just moved to a huge, inviting country home nestled atop a wooded hill and overlooking a flowing stream. It should be the perfect place for four active children for a year while their father works on an important job for a year and their mother finally has a chance to paint pictures. The youngest sibling, Celia, is tired of being the littlest, the one who is blamed for everything. Now she is being blamed for letting Hammy, their hamster, out of its cage to run away. But she didn't. All she did was to try to teach him to open his cage door and then be grateful enough to say, "Thank you."

When Celia hears a tiny voice squeaking. "Lemme out! Lemme out!" coming from inside a suitcase under the stairs, she finds the lost Hammy, and now she knows that Hammy can talk. Getting him to talk for her brothers and sister was another problem, though. When he finally agrees to talk to keep from being put back into his cage, he tries to bribe his way to freedom by offering to grant one magical wish. Four kids. One wish. As they try to decide on the one wish, Celia carelessly wishes that she were big. Wish granted! She becomes a big ... hamster! What happens next is a series of hysterical events that will keep you laughing and guessing what will happen.

Hamster Magic is a perfect read-aloud for grades 1-2 and a terrific fantasy for third and fourth graders. The Kids Wings unit multiplies the fun and provides interaction through puzzles, group projects, an original readers theater script, problem solving that builds skills, and a Jeopardy-type game for the whole class to enjoy at the end. Hamster Magic will be a favorite addition to your home or school library!

Research Links
Hamster Magic,
A Stepping Stone Book by Lynne Jonell

Sing a Simple Song Hamster Dance
More Hamster Dancing
How to Care for Hamsters
Hamster Care
Hamster Hideout

Literary Connections
Other Award-Winning Animal Stories:

Squirrel's World by Lynn Moser (easy chapter book)
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony Tony DiTerlizzi with a Kids Wings Unit in Extraordinary Destinatio
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris
Masterpiece by Eloise Broach
Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
The Uglified Ducky, A Maynard Moose Tale by Willie Claflin (picture book with CD)
Down Girl and Sit by Lucy Nolan with Kids' Wings Unit in The Ripple Effect
Christopher Mouse by William Wise with Kids' Wings Unit in Light in the Darkness

Thunder from the Sea by by Joan Hiatt Harlow Unit in Light in the Darkness

The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman with Kids' Wings Unit in The Ripple Effect

Cockroach Cooties by Leda Schubert
with Kids Wings Unit in Defeating Giants
Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck
with Kids Wings Unit in Gifts and Givers
Poppy and Ereth's Birthday by Avi
Charlotte's Web
Other Hysterical Animal Picture Books

You can purchase the Kids Wings unit for Hamster Magic NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Includes a Jeopardy-type game. Click here to Purchase and Download!


A Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Hamster Magic is now available for instant download!

The Unit Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Character Studies
Crossword Puzzle
Comprehension Check Ups for Each Chapter
Louis Armstrong's Song
Make a Musical Instrument
Similes from the Story
Cause and Effect
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


Special Offer!
Hamster Magic is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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