Before my family got our first dog, my parents let me and my sister have pet hamsters. Now I cringe at the thought of keeping rodents as pets, but they were all the rage in the mid-80s. I chose two of my favorite names for my pair of hamsters, Ricki and Renee. (I went to day camp with a girl named Ricki, and Renee was the name of my first babysitter.) My sister probably called hers Hammy or Fluffy, names more appropriate for a pet hamster.
I may have outgrown my affection for those little critters, but I think we can all agree that cartoon hamsters (and even squirrels, for that matter) are pretty darn adorable. That’s why I have the board book Hamsters Holding Hands on my wish list for Levi’s ever-growing library. Little ones can count to ten with playful hamsters rendered in cheery citrus hues:
One hamster wants to play
Two hamsters shout hurray
Three hamsters with a pear
Four hamsters in the air