Valentino Finds a Home

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Often mistaken for a rat . . . or, worse yet, a meal, Valentino is a guinea pig trying to find a home where he can live happily ever after. He runs away from his native home in Bolivia as a stowaway and he has many adventures until good fortune lands him in a pet shop. Soon after, he finally meets Maddie— little girl with a lot of love to share— who is hoping for the perfect pet. Who says dreams never do come true or there's no such thing as a happy ending? Just ask Valentino ...

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Overview

Often mistaken for a rat . . . or, worse yet, a meal, Valentino is a guinea pig trying to find a home where he can live happily ever after. He runs away from his native home in Bolivia as a stowaway and he has many adventures until good fortune lands him in a pet shop. Soon after, he finally meets Maddie— little girl with a lot of love to share— who is hoping for the perfect pet. Who says dreams never do come true or there's no such thing as a happy ending? Just ask Valentino and Maddie!

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PreS-Gr 2—Valentino, a brown-and-white guinea pig, does not want to become anyone's tasty meal in a Bolivian restaurant, so he runs away. At the airport he hides in a woman's suitcase and is not discovered until she unpacks after her flight. She is sure that she's discovered a rat despite Valentino's assurances that he is a guinea pig. Her husband takes the misunderstood traveler to a pet store and leaves him. The store owner gives him to a man looking for a pet for his daughter's birthday. Maddie, knowing a guinea pig when she sees one, loves him at first sight. "Valentino was happy. No more would he have to roam./He knew that he had found the perfect happy home." The rhymed text reads easily, and eye-catching photographs of the guinea pig are set in colorful backgrounds. Youngsters will appreciate this slight story's happy ending. Consider it as an additional purchase.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595722843
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Valentino Finds a Home is a cute story about a guinea pig that j

    Valentino Finds a Home is a cute story about a guinea pig that just doesn't want to be eaten. Or be called a rat.

    It isn't a remarkable story, but it is entertaining and a little humorous. The illustrations are a combination of photography and vector graphics. I personally enjoy the photography, but am not a fan of the illustrated people. They just didn't seem to go with the photographs.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

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    A great nearly true story!

    This is a nearly true tale of how Valentino the Guinea Pig manages through training and courage to escape from his native Bolivia.

    We follow his adventures and fight to be recognised until eventually he finds a loving home, with a little girl who understands him.

    This is a delightful little story book, any child would love, beautifully illustrated.

    Reviewed for Your Pets Magazine by Susan Keefe

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