Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great book to find out if you truly want a guinea pig!
Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig?
Written by Bridget Heos
Illustrated by Katya Longhi
24 pages – ages 5+
Published by Amicus Illustrated on September 1st, 2015
Theme- Proper Care of a Pet
Genre- Instructional Nonfiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines: “So you say you want a guinea pig. You really, really want a guinea pig.
But do you really want a guinea pig?”
Synopsis: Do you want a guinea pig? Are you sure that you want a guinea pig? If you aren’t, this book will give you the run-down on owning a guinea pig. It will tell you what they eat, how they live, and much more! Now, do you really want a guinea pig?
What I Thought- This is a great book for deciding if you actually want a guinea pig for a pet or any other animal for that mater. I like how the book goes through the basic necessities of the guinea pig (food, water, a home, etc.) and all that is involved for caring for a pet. It shows you what will happen if you don’t take care of your guinea pig – with sometimes funny statements from the guinea pig (about what it is thinking – like “Could I see the dessert menu, please?”). This book belongs to a series called “Do You Really Want a Pet?”, and they detail several different common pets. Judging from this book, this is a great series for basic pet research. The illustrations are fun and they add a little humor to the story. I really enjoyed this book!
Activities and Resources- Do some research into a pet that you think you want, or just do research on an animal. There is a great bunch of information over at Jackies guinea pigs about owning these little guys – click HERE.
The Humane Society has information on not just guinea pigs but all sorts of pets – click HERE.
HERE is a test to see if your kids are ready for a pet.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!