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Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs
     

Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs

by Phil Vischer
 

Two very different pigs learn an important lesson about God's perfect love.

A stirring story and lovely illustrations create a multi-layered tale that is both charming and thought-provoking. Sidney & Norman uses the simple context of two pigs living next door to each other to communicate a profound truth about how we judge each other and

Overview

Two very different pigs learn an important lesson about God's perfect love.

A stirring story and lovely illustrations create a multi-layered tale that is both charming and thought-provoking. Sidney & Norman uses the simple context of two pigs living next door to each other to communicate a profound truth about how we judge each other and often judge ourselves. On the surface, Sidney & Norman appears to be a picture book that will entertain kids. But this story has deeply moved adult audiences as well and can help us reconsider how much God loves us and how we love each other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vischer, co-creator of the popular Veggie Tales characters, here offers a poignant fable about how pride can instigate one's fall. Though pigs Sidney and Norman live right next door to each other, they've never met. They also couldn't be more different. Norman is a churchgoing neatnik and a stickler for rules, proud of his accomplishments and charitable giving. Sidney is a messy and rumpled fellow who is forever running late and getting in trouble with his boss. When both pigs get a printed invitation from God himself for an appointed visit, each believes he knows how the meeting will go. Of course, they couldn't be more wrong. But the surprising encounter does clarify for each pig his strengths and shortcomings, and assures both porkers of God's unconditional love for them. Gerard crafts his digital renderings of the anthropomorphic pigs, gamely navigating the human rat race, in a golden/sepia tone, giving them an intriguing, timeless feel. Author's notes include personal insights and suggestions on how to use this title with children. Ages 5-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400321728
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
298,004
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

Sidney & Norman

a tale of two pigs


By Phil Vischer, Justin Gerard

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2006 Phil Vischer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2172-8


CHAPTER 1

On a quiet street, in a quiet town, lived two pigs.

They didn't oink or eat slop—no, this isn't that kind of story. They wore suit coats and went to work.

And even though they lived right next door to each other, they didn't know each other's names.

The pig on the right was Norman. He was a very good pig. Rules and hard work had always come easily to him, and it showed. His house was neat and organized. He always looked his very best. He gave money to the "needy," and never missed church on Sunday.

Norman's teachers liked him when he was young, and his boss at work liked him now that he was all grown-up. He was pretty sure God liked him, too. After all, he was a very good pig.

Norman figured that everyone could be as good as he was, if they'd just try a little harder.

He wondered why they didn't.

The pig on the left was Sidney. Things didn't come quite as easily for Sidney. Rules and systems and schedules seemed, well, a bit slippery. One minute he thought he had them, and the next minute—whoops! Where'd they go?

He was forever running ten minutes late, and could never manage, no matter how hard he tried, to get his tie perfectly straight. Not like his neighbor ... what was his name?

Sidney got in trouble in school, which frustrated his teachers. He got in trouble at work, which frustrated his boss.

He knew God was watching, and figured he was pretty frustrated, too. But most of all, Sidney frustrated Sidney. Why was everything so hard? Why couldn't he be more like ... oh, what was his name?

Sidney felt broken. And some days that made it hard to get up in the morning. Some days, in fact, Sidney couldn't get up at all.

Since Sidney was usually late and Norman was usually early, they very seldom saw each other. Unless, that is, they happened to fetch their mail at the same time. Which is exactly what happened one bright morning in October.

Now, normally if Sidney saw Norman, he would look down and shuffle back inside. He was sure Norman was staring at his tie, or his hair, or the papers half-stuck into his briefcase. He was sure Norman was looking down on him for being messy. Which, for the most part, was absolutely correct.

But this day Norman didn't look at Sidney's tie and Sidney didn't look away because they were both staring at the small, pale blue envelopes they had received in the mail. One was addressed to Norman, and the other to Sidney. Hmm. Had someone invited them both to the same party?


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Sidney & Norman by Phil Vischer, Justin Gerard. Copyright © 2006 Phil Vischer. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Meet 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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