Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Review Humberto, The Bookworm Hamster



Humberto, The Bookworm Hamster
By Mayra Calvani
2009
Guardian Angels Press
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-935137-93-1
$11.95
Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

Synopsis:  Humberto is a ferocious reader. He never stops reading and he devours all kinds of books. For a long time, he pretty well lived a solitary life. His neighbors, the squirrel, rabbit, skunk, hedgehog, and beaver were all trying to befriend him, one at a time. But all he wanted to do was read, until one day disaster struck. The rains came for days and flooded everything around him, including his books.  He finds himself at a crossroads because he must choose between saving his books or helping his neighbors.

Overall thoughts:  Mayra Calvani does a great job of creating a cute and thought provoking book for kids.  There are a lot of lessons that kids can learn after reading the book. One of the real lessons of the book is whether it is good to be too solitary. Perhaps reading is a great preoccupation, but it must be balanced with social activities that enrich the lives of others as well as ourselves.

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