Peter's Chair

Peter's Chair

by Ezra Jack Keats


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The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry.

"A more charming or contemporary child than Peter . . . is hard to bring to mind."—School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140564419
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 24,476
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairA Letter to AmyGoggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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Peter's Chair 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The new baby in Peter's family is getting all of his old things and he's feeling left out. But perhaps he needs to realize he's growing up now, and can't even fit in his little chair anymore. Kids really seem to identify with this book, and the colors in the illustrations are wonderfully vivid.
kapeoples on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kindergarten or First grade reading level. This story is about Peter and he is growing up and not liking the changes that are happening in his house. Peter is getting a new baby sister so all his furniture and toys are being painted and made pink for a girl. The changes upset Peter so he runs away from them. A good story for kids growing up and coping with new siblings. Beautiful illustrations.
ktextor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a boy who has a new baby in the house who happens to be, a girl. Peter gets jealous when he finds out that his family is painting everything that used to be his, PINK!! He becomes very upset and steals his favorite chair because he doesn't want them to paint that pink either. when he runs away with the dog they find themselves in the backyard and Peter no longer fits in his special chair! Peter decided to come back inside but does he finally help out his family? or hide the chair from his baby sister forever? Great read for students who have a new baby in the family and finding a book that students can relate to.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of realistic fiction. Peter's reaction to having to give up his old things is very relateable. Many students also have probably had to deal with younger siblings and the jealousy issues that arose from that.
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter is growing up and not liking the changes very much becasue all his stuff is changing from blue to pink. He could not fit in his chair and he wants to run away from all these changes. Good story for kids growing up and having siblings. Peter is having to grow up fast becasue he will be a big brother soon. Love the story!
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who is coming to terms with having a new baby sister around. He runs away with his old baby chair; the last thing that has not been given to his new sister yet. He comes back home later when he realizes he is too big for the chair in the first place. He brings the chair to his father and suggests they paint it for his new baby sister.
Khoffy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter's Chair is a fantastic book dealing with childhood jealousy and confusion about the arrival of a new sibling. It's a great book to share with children who are going to have a new sibling to help them deal with their feelings. Ezra Jack Keats' books are fantastic means of discussing feelings with students, allowing the teacher to ask students to examine what the characters are feeling and what parts of the text show them those feelings.
krf76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 5 stars for the story that the book tells. At some pint in every child's life they have to share something that they don't want to. This book reminds me of a time when I had to share my brand new toys with my moms friends kids. I think this book could be used to talk with children about having a sibling come into the family. You could also use this to talk about sharing in the classroom.
psj More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old has loved Ezra Jack Keats' books about Peter since he was 9 months old. We bought this one in preparation for a new baby and our son loves this one too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 yr. old loves this book. She can recite it by heart. It tremendously helped her adjust to the new routine involving her baby sister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 14yr old girl who has been in love with this book since the age of three. I will forever cherish this book.I remember reading it over and over again when my little brother was born so i wouldn't feel left out.