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Saturday 14 December 2013

Review: A Guinea Pig Nativity

Looking for a Nativity story with a difference? Having trouble keeping young children interested in the story of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus? Want to share the story of the first Christmas in a way that will delight children of all ages?

A Guinea Pig Nativity is the book you are looking for. It is the classic biblical Christmas tale featuring an undeniably cute cast of guinea pigs.

A Guinea Pig Nativity follows the traditional Bible story of Mary and Joseph taking shelter in a lowly stable, where the baby Jesus is born. They are visited by the shepherds and the wise men and hunted by the evil king Herod.

The text is illustrated with photos of guinea pigs in the central roles – Joseph, Mary and Jesus, the Angel Gabriel, Caesar Augustus, Herod, the shepherds and the wise men. At the end of the story, there is a guide to the guinea pigs who ‘played’ each role. There is also a brief note about animal rescue shelters, including those that provide care for abandoned guinea pigs, and a suggestion that readers extend their Christmas spirit to supporting their local animal shelter.

In a small gift-book format, this is the perfect Christmas stocking filler. It is ideal for introducing young children to the Nativity story in a book that brings an element of guinea pig joyfulness to the Christmas season.

Title: A Guinea Pig Nativity
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781408844793
For ages: All ages
Type: Picture book