- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 5
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (May 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400321727
- ISBN-13: 978-1400321728
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sidney and Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs Paperback – May 21, 2012
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Norman is a tidy, organized pig who never misses church, and is sure God likes him. He has little tolerance for pigs not as efficient as he is. Enter Sidney, always late, always sloppy, usually frustrated. One day both pigs get invitations from God. Norman feels happiness and pride at the invite; Sidney is terrified. But an interesting thing happens when the pigs meet God. God tells Norman that He loves him, but that his goodness is not the reason why; in fact, Norman is not as good as he thinks he is. Moreover, God loves even those Norman looks down on. God also tells Sidney that He loves him--three times with no recriminations. Young children may not completely understand the message about acceptance and unconditional love coming from the unseen God, but they will be drawn in by Gerard's outstanding pictures, executed primarily in gold tones, which capture the personalities of both pigs, whose eventual reconciliation seems particularly sweet. Notes explain the author's purpose and offer ideas on using the book. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author
Phil Vischer is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Big Idea Productions. As co-creator of the popular series, VeggieTales™, he has also served as writer, director and voice for more than a dozen characters, including Bob the Tomato. Since the release of the first VeggieTales™ episode in 1993, more than 30 million units have been sold in the series. Vischer and his wife, Lisa, live in the Chicago, IL with their 3 children.
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This book will help those who relate more to Sidney to take heart and feel less scrutinized by the "Normans" in life, to remind them that their value and identity is not based on their performance or lack thereof. It will also compel those more like Norman to look, not with indifference or even disdain, but with compassion and love toward those who do not appear on the outward to be as "together".
This is a timely and also timeless call to action. We all need to allow our minds to be renewed by the inner workings of the Holy Spirit. None of us can clearly see ourselves, or others, as God does. We need to remember that our perception of reality is tainted by sin and the only way to obtain a True view is to seek God, for He is Truth. He will shed Light on all matters, including the state of our hearts and thoughts.
Absolutely read the note after the story at the end of the book. It is profound. After reading this book to my 5 year old, he asked several questions throughout the day. Good questions, honest questions, heart questions. He wanted to know "why" and "why not" about God's love and how we are to respond to it, as well as how individuals interact with each other. This book is valuable to me as a teaching tool because it is not all symbolic or metaphoric. It's not a parable that I have to try and retell in a fashion that allows my children to see what the "moral of the story" was. They hear the story and in plain words (a few "big" words to my five year old, but he was so enthralled in the story he actually didn't stop me once to ask what they meant- typically he has to find out before allowing me to continue...), the author clearly states what he hopes kids will take away from the book. I love it. I would give it 10 stars if the rating systems would let me. I plan to purchase additional copies to give away as gifts.