Roth, Susan L. Great Big Guinea Pigs. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2006.
A fascinating history of guinea pigs told from the point of view of a parent telling a bedtime story: “Once upon a time, about eight million years ago, guinea pigs like us weren’t sweet, cute, and little….No one brought us fresh water or seeds and berries from the pet store….No one brought us to school for show and tell….”
But how can we be sure that this history really happened? The story was “in theTimes. Tomorrow morning,” the parent says, “I’ll read it to you. You’ll have to wake up early, though, before the people clean our cage and change the newspaper.” Humorously, the bibliography at the end of the book includes an article from The New York Times.
The cozy tone is complemented by vibrant collage illustrations and a bold font. Highly recommended for children and parents.