If you have a beginning reader who is ready to break into chapter books, then the Humphrey’s Series by Betty G. Birney is a perfect next step. The series is really appropriate for younger, precocious readers who are ready for something beyond picture books and really young readers like 6-8 year olds would really enjoy the antics of Humphrey, the class hamster. The books (at the writing of this, my 8-year-old has read and loved them all) are fun, creative and both age and level appropriate. Humphrey is a lovable character and you might even have your child asking you for a pet hamster, because he is so cute and clever.
In Humphrey’s Mixed-Up Magic Trick the class is given the assignment to write a report on what they want to be when they grow up. Humphrey is left wondering what exactly a hamster can be when he grows up. As the kids in the class come up with some ideas, Humphrey is given the chance to be part of a magic act, which has him thinking that maybe he could be a magician when he grows up. In the end, he learns that he can be something really important and that is helpful–a useful lesson to readers of any age.
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