Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finally Found Peter

Peter's Chair book and doll, book is a board book reprint of the original 1967 title; the doll has a copyright of 1995.

Ezra Jack Keats' character in cloth-doll form from the book Peter's Chair is the Peter I found.  After reading Sherry Howard's post about the $5, still-in-box, 1995 Peter's Chair doll and book packaged set found at an antiques and collectibles extravaganza, I wanted one, too.  I did find a set identical to Sherry's but the seller was asking over $300 for it! 

Before Peter's Chair Peter arrived, I was able to purchase two other Peter dolls from different Keats' stories where Peter is the main character:  Snowy Day Peter and Whistle for Willie

In February, fellow collector, DS shared a link to an eBay listing for "African American Stuffed 9" Boy," and identified the doll as Peter from Peter's Chair.  I followed the link, and although the seller did not know the doll's name, after examining the photos, I knew it was Peter!  I added the auction to my eBay watch list and on the last day of the listing, placed my maximum bid.  I even went back and outbid myself (by increasing my bid).  No one else was interested, so Peter is now home with me.  After winning the auction, I ordered a hard copy of Peter's Chair from Amazon.com.  The doll and book, which will be incorporated into my Dolls with Books exhibit, arrived on the same day.

My like-new Peter close-up

In Peter's Chair, Peter has a new sister, and everything's changing!  All his old baby furniture is being painted pink--all, that is, except his little blue chair.  Peter will do anything to save his chair, even run away.  But not for long... (This description is from the back of the book.)

Peter's Chair is a very cute story that illustrates the feelings of abandonment a young child might experience after the birth of a sibling.  

Click/tap the play arrow to listen to the story.



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7 comments:

  1. I remember Peter and the book Whistle for Willie. I am glad you were able to find Peter's chair Peter.

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    1. Thank you MDW! I too am glad Peter has been found.

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  2. Poor Peter having to deal with an interloper commandeering his stuff. Probably how my sisters felt when I came along, lol.

    He's a cutie patootie.

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    1. I think this is something older siblings might experience with the arrival of a new baby. I don't think I did when my sister arrived at my age 6. I think my daughter probably experienced it after my son was born at her age 6. To this day she thinks he's my favorite.

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  3. This is funny my grandmother read this book to me and I loved it because as an older child I could relate. Now my son loves the Snowy Day book and won't let me put it down. I should find Peter's Chair and Whistle for Willie for my little one. Thanks for posting the doll is very cute and I love the illustrations in the books.

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    1. You're welcome, Doll Crazy. So glad this brought back fond memories for you. Your little one will probably enjoy Peter's Chair and Whistle for Willie, but Snowy Day will probably always be his favorite since it was his first "Peter" experience.

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  4. słodka historyjka - dzięki!

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