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!
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