Sidney & Norman

This Christian book by Phil Vischer is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers and is written for kids ages 4 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Plot Summary

Two pigs, disciplined Norman and disorganized Sidney, live next door to each other. One day, God asks to meet with them. While Norman can't wait to hear all the good things God will tell him, Sidney is in a panic. He's afraid he's going to be punished for something. When Norman goes to see God, God tells him that He loves Norman. Then He lets Norman know that he is prideful and shouldn't look down on those who are not as gifted as he is. When Sidney goes to visit God, God tells him that He loves him and nothing more. From that day forward, both pigs change their outlook on life. Norman learns to be humble, and Sidney feels more competent because God's love for him is not based on whether he does everything perfectly.

Christian Beliefs

God's love isn't based on human activities or abilities. He loves because He chooses to love each person.

Authority Roles

God is the authority figure, and both pigs acknowledge it.

Other Belief Systems


Profanity/Graphic Violence






Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • Does God love you? Why do you think He loves you?
  • Who are other people you know that God loves?
    Why do you think He loves them?
    (Emphasize that God loves your child and others because He chooses to, not because of what they do or how good they are.)
  • Why do you think I love you?

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