Author: Susan Katz
Illustrator: Stacey Schuett
Publication Date: 2007
Genre/Format: Poetry, Pets/Picture Book
Summary: This book is a story written through poems about a boy who gets a pet guinea pig. You can’t help but love Theodore as he gets used to his new home.
What I Think: I think guinea pigs are the cutest of all rodents so I loved this story! I’ve never had a guinea pig myself, but there is a lot to learn about guinea pigs as pets through this fun story told in poems. I read this and then also read non-fiction about guinea pigs about pets!
Read Together: K - 3
Read Alone: 2 - 4
Read With: Non-fiction about guinea pigs as pets
Snatch of Text:
A faint whistle
in the dark.
I listen hard?
Theodore’s telling me,
I whisper back.
he doesn’t snore.
Reading Strategies to Practice: Making Connections, Activating Background Knowledge
Writing Strategies to Practice: Rhyme, Onomatopoeia
Writing Prompts: Write a story about the day you brought home a new pet. Write a description of your favorite pet/first pet. Write a letter to persuade your mom or dad to buy you the pet of your dreams.
Topics Covered: Responsibility, Friendship
Translated to Spanish: No
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