Madi is desperate for a pet, but her brother Jonathan suffers badly with asthma. After she cuddles a new puppy at her best friend's farm, Jonathan has a bad reaction. Madi realises that a dog is out of the question, but schoolmate Isabel is determined to help and launches a successful campaign for a class pet. A snow white hamster called Persil becomes the school's latest recruit...but things turn sour when someone accidentally lets Persil out of his cage...An endearing story for newly independent readers capturing the joys and tribulations of keeping pets. Family life and the empathy between the siblings give the reader an insight into personal responsibility. The text is divided into short, manageable chapters. Super line drawings reinforce the reader's own picture-building and gives humour and vitality to the story. Many PSE issues are explored, making the text an ideal stimulus for 'circle time' discussions.