Houdini Was…

In the midst of reading the 25 leadership books recommended by Veterinary Economics, I snuck in this super awesome book that I HAVE to tell you about because I LOVE it.

Houdini Was…

Written and illustrated


the Second Grade Students of White Bluffs Elementary in Richland, Washington

I bought the book because of the very cute hamster on the cover.  (I judge books by their cover, which you should not do, and though I can usually tell at first glance whether I will like a book or not, my reasoning is not always quite…linear.)

This book covers in impressive depth the human-animal bond, pet loss, processing grief, the value of pets, lessons to be learned from our relationships with our pets and even the value a classroom pet adds to the educational experience*.  What impresses me is that all of this is done so poinently and concisely…by second graders…mostly by crayon.  I love the pictures.  I love the humor.  I love seeing Houdini hamster through the eyes of those who knew and loved her.  It almost makes me want to treat my Fuzzy-loss with a hamster…



…but I won’t.


Houdini Was…

Five Stars!


This book won the 2010 Scholastic “Kids Are Authors” contest and is available at all the Scholastic Book Fairs going on now!  I got it tonight during Parent-Teacher conferences :)

*Click here for information on “Pets in the Classroom”, a very fun CareFRESH grant program that assists with the adoption and care of small pets in the classroom.


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2 Responses to “Houdini Was…”

  1. Jan says:

    Hello,This book sound wonderful. Would you let people know about a grant program for our school teachers that will give them up to $150.00 to have a pet in the classroom? It is call Pets in the Classroom, and to date they have given out more than 1000 awards! They want to encourage and help teachers to have a classroom pet. The money is to purchase (or adopt) a pet for the classroom, or if they already have one, use the money for food, and supplies. the website is http://www.petsintheclassroom.org. They can go online apply!

  2. admin says:

    Hi Jan!Of course! I have the link above…thanks for explaining it so well. I love the Pets in the Classroom program!

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