The problems one little hamster can cause in a pet shop! Hamsters are nocturnal. That means they stay up all night and sleep all day. (Like owls.) Most of the other animals in the pet shop (cat, dog, mouse, rabbit, guinea pig) are diurnal. They are like you and me--they sleep at night. These animals put their heads together and put the hamster to sleep. They go through several bedtime rituals (teeth brushing, story reading). Finally, the hamster is asleep!
What I thought: Lovely! The story is great. It's a simple way to introduce the concept of nocturnal animals. The minimal text makes this book perfect for preschool story time. The illustrations are colorful and lifelike.
Story Time Ideas: This would be a great book to use for a pajama story time. You could pair it with other bedtime books. You could also use it for a nocturnal animal story time. Pair with Good-Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins.
(Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 2009)