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Children's Fiction Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.

Hamsters Holding Hands Read-Along

by (author) Kass Reich

read by Christian Down

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc., Counting & Numbers, Humorous Stories
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


Hamsters Holding Hands is an engaging, fun board book targeted toward very young learners.

Each page features a different number of playful hamsters accompanied by rhyming text. The illustrations are bright and graphic with lots of humorous details to keep both child and adult engaged. A counting book that takes readers from one to ten, Hamsters Holding Hands is a delight to share with any young child.

About the authors

KASS REICH is an artist and educator. She graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University, then worked in Beijing as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with little ones inspired her to start making picture books for young learners. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Kass Reich's profile page

Christian Down is a producer, musician and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.


Christian Down's profile page


  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books

Excerpt: Hamsters Holding Hands Read-Along (by (author) Kass Reich; read by Christian Down)

One hamster wants to play
Two hamsters shout hurray
Three hamsters with a pear
Four hamsters in the air

Editorial Reviews

"A cheerful little counting book that both parents and children will find a fun and simple introduction to counting from one to ten. Each hamster filled page offers rhymes and activities that are easy to vocally embellish or mime for the enjoyment of both parent and child."

CM Magazine

"There's a lovely quiet charm about this board book...Definitely check this book out for young readers or kids practicing their numbers."

Crowding the Book Truck blog

"Ridiculously sweet and fun....Reich’s illustration style, too, is unique and playful. The palette is all gentle, warm, browns and oranges and soft greens and yellows. The outlines of the images are clearly drawn but a bit wobbly, and the washes of colour spill outside the lines a bit, here and there, in sort of a tacit ode to the drawings of little kids. The small details are fantastically clever as well...If you’re bored to death of tired, retread counting books, Hamsters Holding Hands is the solution to your problem!"

"Counting books are a dime a dozen, but few attain the outright adorableness of Montreal artist Kass Reich's first board book. Rendered in earth tones with hints of hot pink, Reich's splay-toed rodents frolic in the sun, eat some rice, and, yes, hold hands. The text is simple and fun, a combination that will no doubt strike a chord with wee ones."

Quill & Quire

"Here's a new board book for infants and toddlers that will entertain them, teach them the numbers from one to 10, and will set their toes a-tapping...Parents and wee ones can enjoy [Reich's] charming poems and captivating illustrations together. A lovely gift for a baby, your own or someone else's."

The Muskokan

★ "This charming counting book features spunky, pear-shaped hamsters...engaging in simple yet unexpected fun...Debut talent Reich brings subtle, off-kilter humor—with props like balloons, pinwheels, and snorkel gear—and an understated style to her spreads, with the hamsters' citrus hues playfully smudged outside their outlines. It's hard not to smile at images of the happy hamsters jumping rope or working on their tans."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Why another counting book? All you have to do is look at the adorable hamster heroes in this original board book...Their outstretched front paws and wide grins exude joy...Pure delight."

"The illustrations are brightly colored and full of activities. This is a delightful book that children and parents will enjoy reading together again and again."

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

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