A Tale of Two Guinea Pigs
By Terri Munson
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Follow the adventures of intrepid guinea pigs, Sydney and Charles, as they are thrust into the big, scary world. Sydney is the braver one who sacrifices his own feelings to help Charles survive the worst of times. Charles gives Sydney's life a purpose and shares the best of times with his big brother. Children will be sad when the baby piggies are taken away from their mommy; horrified of their neglect by the Knitting Needle, and relieved by their rescues—first by their Fairy Godmother, and then by the Nice Lady who takes them to their forever home. Children will be delighted at the guinea pigs' antics and escapes. Sydney and Charles patiently train the nice lady, who eventually learns exactly what Sydney and Charles need to be happy. The author respectfully borrows from Charles Dickens to add depth to the story. When the children who hear this story later read Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities as adults, they may picture Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay as guinea pigs, and Lucie Manette as a huge pink bunny. That should make them laugh their heads off. The author will donate all proceedings from the book to The Guinea Pig Sanctuary in Salisbury, Massachusetts.