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Pinduli, a young striped hyena, is hurt by the unkind words of Dog, Lion, and Zebra, but her clever trick in return promotes her clan's survival and spreads harmony throughout the savannah. Includes backmatter notes about hyenas and other animals of the African savannah.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780152046682
Call Number: CANNON
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Subjects: Kindness -- Juvenile fiction.
Individuality -- Juvenile fiction.
Tricksters -- Juvenile fiction.
Hyenas -- Juvenile fiction.
Savanna animals -- Juvenile fiction.


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Mar 16, 2018

Beautiful illustrations and clever story! Be sure to read the notes at the end about the four types of hyenas.

FindingJane Jan 02, 2015

Ms. Cannon delights her readers with children’s stories about unusual animals, beasts that normally arouse fear or disgust in people, and shining a light on the positive aspects of their natures. In this story of a curious, intelligent but too eager to please hyena, she brings to life the various animals that make fun of Pinduli. The illustrations are vivid, realistic and colorful. Even the strangest-looking animal has its own kind of beauty. As with her other books “Stellaluna” and “Verdi”, each page is accompanied by a small black-and-white illustration that shows another story going on, that of Pinduli’s worried mother who searches for her cub, meeting the various other denizens of Africa along the way. In the back of the book is further information about hyenas (all four kinds of them) and the many other creatures that Pinduli encounters. This is a wonderful storytelling book, chockfull of information for the curious. Sure to be a hit with young and old.

forbesrachel Mar 29, 2014

Pinduli is having bad day. One after the other, the animals remark on, tease, or stare at Pinduli's appearance. More and more she becomes self-conscious, so she attempts to hide these traits, eventually coating herself in dirt that makes her as white as a ghost. Fearing this apparition, the animals confess that their remarks were only made because similar comments were made regarding them.

Bullying spreads like wildfire. At this point, what has been a very serious subject is lightened by the comic features of the terrified creatures. Aside from this, they all look realistic. Pinduli is the most detailed of Cannon's series. Fur has layers of colour to the point that it looks fluffy. The artist even gives the same care to the other animals, which is important for a theme based on beauty.

Every one of them is beautiful, but none see it in themselves, and it comes down to Pinduli to solve matters with a bit of trickery. The outcome unrealistically has each animal seek out their tormenter for an apology. It is a very optimistic ending, one that suggests a problem such as this can be solved easily, when in truth it is not.

Cannon reveals less about the animals directly in the text than in her previous works, but there is a good amount of additional information about hyenas in the back. Rather, she focuses on giving a lesson. That beauty is subjective, and it is about accepting oneself as we are, no matter what others say.

Mar 30, 2009

A good story.
Pictures are also good and after the story there is a write up about the different types of Hyenas etc, that I thought was informative.
A good idea for after the story.


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