Although a departure from his other masterpieces like jumanji 1991 and polar express 1985 both houghton harcourt misadventures of sweetie pie is an additional purchase for most collections peter blenski greenfield public library wi. The misadventures of sweetie pie is a perfectly enjoyable if slightly g i expect his illustrations to be technically perfect but to transcend mere formalism and i expect his stories to astonish me. Parents need to know that the misadventures of sweetie pie by beloved author illustrator chris van allsburg the polar express jumanji is a grim book about a hamster whos poorly cared for and nearly killed by careless children not a single person treats sweetie pie with more than fleeting kindness or consideration. The misadventures of sweetie pie deserves to be in every teachers book collection it helps to teach empathy it encourages children to look at sweetie pies life from his perspective it shows them what happens when you dont look after your pets properly. Sweetie pie is a hamster who it seems is doomed to be owned by a series of neglectful children originally bought from a pet store sweetie pie is sold down the river as it were by a series of child owners who when the hamster becomes no longer cute or a novelty hand him off to someone else
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