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Come meet Theodore: a plump, fuzzy guinea pig with a big appetite, a lot to say, and a personality all his own. As you, and his new owner, get to know him, you'll find out what he eats and how he speaks. You'll also discover the work involved in caring for a pet: feeding, cleaning, and taking him out for exercise. But it hardly seems like work once your pet becomes your best friend.
With the popularity of guinea pigs as family and classroom pets, Theodore's antics are sure to ring true to many readers. And for those who haven't had a guinea pig of their own, these short, funny, and accessible poems will create a vivid first impression.
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Susan Katz is the author of LOOKING FOR JAGUAR AND OTHER RAINFOREST POEMS (Greenwillow), which received starred reviews, and two other poetry collections. Her novel, SNOWDROPS FOR COUSIN RUTH, (Simon and Schuster) was a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." She lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.From Booklist:
The young narrator badly wants a pet, but his mom says dogs are loud and snakes are too scary. So the boy reluctantly winds up with a guinea pig. Through short poems and free verse, the boy and readers get to know Theodore ("soft, plump, fuzzy brown—like a teddy bear"). At first, Theodore hides in his cage, but a cautious approach finally results in a pat on the head followed by a purr. Since guinea pigs are not the most interactive of pets, the text sometimes seems stretched; one very short poem notes that Theodore doesn't have a tail. But most of the verses make a clever point, and the action picks up when, not unexpectedly, Theodore gets lost. The Latino mother and son, along with Theodore himself, are attractively portrayed, with the guinea pig's expressive face bordering on anthropomorphic. An oversize format with plenty of white space adds appeal, and the short text can be used with beginning readers. Cooper, Ilene
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