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Pinduli's mama has always told her that she's the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don't think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Poor Pinduli just wants to disappear--and she tries everything she can think of to make that happen. Yet nothing goes her way. Nothing, that is, until aPinduli's mama has always told her that she's the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don't think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Poor Pinduli just wants to disappear--and she tries everything she can think of to make that happen. Yet nothing goes her way. Nothing, that is, until a case of mistaken identity lets her show the creatures of the African savanna how a few tiny words--bad or good--can create something enormous.Janell Cannon, the creator of the bestselling Stellaluna, introduces yet another endearing character in this triumphant story about self-image, self-acceptance, and treating others with respect. Includes notes about hyenas and other animals of the African savanna....

Title : Pinduli
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ISBN : 9788426134455
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 44 Pages
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Pinduli Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-10 05:30

    I absolutely love the illustrations! They are such sweet and adorable, yet also accurate, portrayals of African animals--and not just the typical lions and zebra but some more obscure like the serval which happens to be one of my favorite African cats! And I have to give kudos to a book that made me coo over the cuteness of hyenas (which, I am sorry to say, kind of creep me out in real life) The underlying story is one about not teasing someone based on looks (and also that those who do tease are likely doing so out of their own place of hurt from when someone did the same to them). While I'm not entirely sure I found little hyenas solution to the problem completely satisfactory, parents who disagree with her bending of the truth can use it as a springboard for discussion. A nice author's note in the back provides more information about the various creatures included in the book--even into the different species of hyena (I was really only familiar with the spotted "laughing" hyena so this was eye-opening for me).

  • Ann
    2018-09-23 04:26

    These illustrations are simply stunning! Beautiful, cute, just the right amount of realism and characterization - for me the illustrations won the day!I also thoroughly appreciated (and enjoyed) Cannon's use of animals we aren't typically introduced to in stories. In addition to a lion, zebra and owl, we meet wild dogs, an ocelot, and a fennec fox (to name a few)! And the hyena was so adorable that even my sister (who doesn't like hyenas...) fell in love!I loved the information in the back of the book about the different animals and why they have the physical characteristics that they do! Very informative and well written.The story, however, was sadly lackluster. The story centers around a series of insults the young hyena receives about her looks, and we find that those insults were a result of the insulter having received an insult from someone else, and so on. This had the opportunity to show how important it is to NOT pay it forward when the "IT" is something negative (but the story didn't really come to that conclusion). The story also had the opportunity to show how important our individual appearances are, but again, it didn't really reach that conclusion. It was something I felt the author was trying to go for, but never achieved. In all it felt like an opportunity to get a variety of unique animals together on a few pages, and a way to introduce children to lesser-known creatures (which is totally great! but I would have liked there to be a better story to accompany such a goal). (plus, I was a little disheartened to see the young hyena lie and never 'fess-up' except to the mother who ended up praising her because of her 'cleverness'...)I know I'm being very picky here. But I really would recommend this book for the illustrations and information and hopefully it would prompt some good discussions. :)

  • Margaux
    2018-09-28 02:32

    If you don't end this book with your heart breaking for a young hyena, your soul must be a black hole. By making the "bullied child" character into a hyena, the animal that was the bad guy in The Lion King, Cannon creates just enough distance from the reader to the protagonist. In a more objective sense, kids are able to recognize situations where other children are mean to each other in Pinduli's trip around the savanna.

  • Rani
    2018-10-19 04:34

    Pinduli, the littlest Hyena learns a powerful lesson about #friendship #social #intelligence and resolves uses #quick and #clever thinking. #YoungReaders #PictureBook #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #amreading

  • Lstirl
    2018-10-06 06:38

    A glorious tale with a hidden agenda of dealing with the issue of hurt feelings.By the creator of Stellaluna, another favorite of mine, Pinduli offers up again a sensitive and sympathetic protagonist. The East African setting and charming yet realistic illustrations give open the world up to young children and introduce them to another continent, yet the experiences Pinduli has are all familiar ones. As Pinduli encounters other animals, they poke fun of her appearance, but all is made well when Pinduli is able to outsmart them. This is followed by the other animals pointing out their own insecurities about their appearance. This is an excellent topic for introducing the topic and for helping children deal with this issue. The ones poking fun aren't made to be bad guys and the reader even winds up sympathetic towards them at the end. Pinduli's relationship with her mother is also heartwarming. The inclusion of an informative bit at the end about hyenas also adds to the educational value of this book. This is an educational tale that doesn't feel like one because of the clever, fast paced tale. ~LeslieFrom School Library JournalPreSchool-Grade 3–After sleeping through the hot East African afternoon, it is time for Mama Hyena and her child to go hunting. Pinduli promises to stay close by, but then trots off. She comes across a pack of wild dogs, a lion, and a zebra, and all tease her about her looks. She rolls in the dirt until her striped coat is a pallid gray and her ears are pinned back. The animals think that she is a "ghost" that has come for them. All of the creatures then confess that they teased the young hyena because another animal had made fun of them. The "ghost" understands and advises them to "find your tormentors and make peace…. And always leave a bit of every meal as an offering." By story's end, the animals have reconciled, and with all the food offerings left, Pinduli and her mother never have to scrounge around looking for meals. The animals' expressions and antics are hilarious and endearing; Cannon has pulled off quite a feat in creating a cuddly hyena protagonist. This touching book about personal growth and self-acceptance gently demonstrates how the actions of one can have far-reaching effects on many others. An appealing and worthwhile purchase.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OHCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.I agree. This book takes it to the next level and not only is the protaganist helped by her transition, but the whole community is. It is an "appealing and worthwhile purchase."From BooklistGr. 1-3. Cannon, best known as the author/illustrator of Stellaluna (1993), here introduces Pinduli, a little hyena who lives in East Africa. One afternoon, Pinduli encounters a pack of wild dogs that make fun of her ears, a bald lion that calls her fur a "prickly fringe," and a zebra that criticizes the haziness of her stripes. After transforming her "flaws" as best she can, Pinduli inadvertently tricks these animals into thinking that she is the "Great Spirit." They confess their misdeeds and agree to make amends. Children will find Pinduli's hurt feelings understandable and her quick thinking admirable. The artwork, executed in colored pencils and acrylics, uses a restrained palette in the large pictures depicting the main story on the right-hand pages. On the left, below the text, a series of small ink drawings create a visual counterpoint by showing what Pinduli's mother is doing while events unfold. A four-page endnote discusses the various species of hyenas and their characteristics. Though a bit purposeful, the story may give teachers and parents a starting point for discussing insults. Carolyn PhelanI didn't see the book as too purposeful, and in fact, thought it did a great job of hiding the purpose. I do agree that this book is a great starting point for conversations.

  • Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
    2018-10-09 01:32

    3.8/ 5 I definitely prefer Stellaluna, but this book still has gorgeous illustrations and an interesting message of it's own. Just like the book "Have you Filled a Bucket today?" states, if you fill someone else's bucket they will have the urge to fill others, but take from their bucket and they will feel like taking. Pinduli lets other animals' comments get the best of her (though thankfully she doesn't then make fun of others) but she later finds out that it all started with one animal having a bad day and then they all start making fun of each other one after another as a result...dominoes of negativity! Thankfully clever Pindulli solves the problem and the animals learn the importance of communication and forgiveness.

  • Wendy Daniel
    2018-09-25 03:36

    Pinduli is a very insecure creature who lets other animals' opinions of him guide his decisions. He continues to alter his appearance to hide what the others tease him about. Eventually he alters himself so much that he is virtually unrecognizable. The resulting antics uncover a long line of animals being unkind to each other. Kids (ages 3-5) love Pinduli for its illustrations and its story. The realization that what you say to others matters is a valuable lesson. The rich vocabulary and narrative skills in this book make is a nice addition to any library.

  • Heather
    2018-10-19 05:28

    The illustrations in this book are fabulous. In fact that's one of my complaints - the hyenas are way too cute! This has a nice moral and was fun to read.There is some scientific information at the back so you could use it for early science as well.A very lovely book.

  • Kennedy Braun
    2018-10-11 06:15

    The book follows Pinduli, a young hyena, on a journey through the desert. Pinduli has always been told by her mother that she is the most beautiful hyena in all of Africa, but when she meets other animals, they make fun of the way she looks. Because of the mean things the other animals say to her, she decides to cover herself in white dirt. When the other animals see her this way they think she is a ghost and ask what they can do to right their wrongs. Pinduli says that they must apologize to all they have hurt. The other animals do so and they all feel better afterward. Bullying, friendship, and family are major themes in this book.I picked up this book because it is by the same author as one of my favorite books, Stellaluna, and boy did this author not disappoint. I loved the storyline of this book and how the author was able to address so many issues that children find today. The illustrations of the different animals were so beautiful I wanted to reach inside the pages and pet them! This book would be a great read for children of many different ages. The message of friendship and bullying is very relevant to many kids. The book also introduces animals that some children might have never heard of and so the author included a glossary that goes more into detail on each one. This provides an additional learning opportunity other than the sheer story of the book.

  • Amalia
    2018-10-07 07:11

    Awards: n/aAppropriate grade level(s): 1st-3rdSummary: Pinduli is a young hyena who gets mocked by other animals for her natural hyena looks. After trying to change her looks, Pinduli runs into the animals who mocked her and they think she is ghost. Using this to her advantage, Pinduli tells the other animals to make amends with the animals who mocked them and to never make mean comments again. At the end of the day, Pinduli helps the other animals realize the importance not saying mean words to others, and helps get herself and her mother a free meal as well.Review: This was one of my favorite books growing up as a kid. I love the message this books gives children- it is never ok to say mean words to others because it can really hurt them and only spread more hateful words. I also love how colorful and detailed this book is. That was one of the things that drew me in most to this book. In-class uses:-How to resolve issues with others-Kindess unit -Understanding unit

  • Lara
    2018-09-20 06:10

    A wonderful story of teasing, bullying, kindness, uniqueness, and personal motivations - really there are a ton of lessons to discuss after reading this book, and yet it didn't feel preachy. More like a fable or folk tale. Plus there are several pages of notes in the back about the African animals featured in the story. Even I learned something there - had no idea there were actually 4 species of hyena!The illustrations are detailed and adorable. I still love Stellaluna more (have a personal fondness for bats) but Pinduli is really cute, especially for an animal not typically associated with that particular adjective. I loved the little black and white illustrations on each page too. Some were very silly :)

  • Brittnee
    2018-09-20 01:28

    This is a great lesson on kindness without being preachy. So many great conversations can stem from this book.

  • Courtney Evans
    2018-10-17 07:28

    Picture Book: I think that this could be used to teach students about confidence. It will also teach them that you should be kind to everyone, and that everyone is different and special.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-29 03:21


  • Madeline Clements
    2018-09-23 23:15

    Similar to Stella Luna this book shows that you need to be yourself. This little hyena is also a lot smarter than she thinks.

  • Candice
    2018-10-09 00:12

    I love this book and so do my students. We read this last week to discuss character differences but also to talk about how we treat others.

  • Erin Swinson
    2018-09-24 06:09

    This is a wonderful book to read to children in grades K-5. I would use this as a fantasy book for my students. This is a story about a hyena named Pinduli who is made fun of and tries to change herself, but then ends up looking like a ghost and being able to get to the bottom of the reason why she was made fun of in the first place! Pinduli would be a great segue way into teaching students how one comment that's not nice could lead to a lot more comments. It also helps to show students that it doesn't feel good when someone is talking about you or making fun of you so we should be kind always. You could do an activity with your students on allowing students to write one good attribute about each of their classmates. A teacher could also allow students to act out the book and let students be the different animals. They they could come up with their own story and make a book themselves that shows if they all had nice things to say how each of them could end up hopefully all as friends and helping one another!I absolutely love this book and the message behind it. The illustrations are beautiful and bring life to the story. This is definitely a WOW book for me!!

  • Rachel DeLeeuw
    2018-10-12 03:28

    Fantasy. A must have for a teachers bookshelf. This book teaches children that it's okay to be a little different. Everyone is unique and special in their own way! I would use this book for grades 2-4.

  • Catherine McAna
    2018-09-30 06:30

    Goodreads #2Summary: Pinduli is a hyena that has some physical features that got her teased for. Her mom always told her that she was beautiful and she believed she was until the other animals pointed out her imperfections. It made her self-conscious about herself. She tried to change the way she looked. However, when she did this, the other animals didn't recognize her. She used this in her favor by pretending to be a spirit and tricked the animals to make amends with the animals that caused them harm, too. It turned out that the animals teased Pinduli because they themselves were teased about their imperfections. Theme: A theme for this book would be self-image. Pinduli had a strong image for herself until the other animals in the book tore her image apart by commenting on her ears, fur, and stripes. However, the animals who teased her were also teased by other animals about their imperfections. This shows that everyone has something they about their bodies they cannot change. Instead of displacing our imperfections onto others, we should accept ourselves for who we are and apologize and forgive when we realize we hurt someone. Personal Response: I enjoyed this book because I could see myself in Pinduli's character. I get self-conscious about myself a lot of the times and I just want to blend in. There have been times when I have gotten teased or left out as a child and had to adjust. My parents were always supportive of me and there to comfort me. There were even times when I would get upset and displace my feelings onto someone else and have to apologize later. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to children who feel they don't fit in. This can empower children to speak up for themselves and get people to make peace with one another. It also shows the chain reaction of how one person's remark can spread to other people. At the end of the book, there are also facts about the animals included in the book, which is educational. These facts explain why the animals have the features they were teased for and how those features are beneficial in the wild.

  • Kest Schwartzman
    2018-09-28 05:14

    I think the intended moral here is "be yourself" or "don't change your own nature to please others" or "if you DO try to be someone else, maybe your friends will mistake you for the Great Spirit and then you can tell them to give you food"Something like that.

  • English 212
    2018-10-08 07:26

    As a kid i loved Stellaluna who also wrote this. I remembered reading that but i never looked up the author so when i picked up this book because i liked the cover and then it also said the author of Stellaluna i was thrilled! This book uses animals to show that people will get teased. It also shows that you should not be ashamed of your looks or anything about yourself because in the end other people's comments do not matter. Everyone is different and beautiful in their own way. This book also talks about how sometimes people say hurtful things because hurtful things have been said to them as well and they are taking it out on another person, or in this case, animal. This book is text one side of the page and picture on the other. Something i really liked was that there were also one black and white picture on the bottom of each page of text, telling a little bit more of the story than the words or the picture that was corresponding with the words on the opposite page. I really like the art, because it made animals not so scary looking, and more lovable. I also really like the inside cover, on the front it has animals scaring each other, but on the back it has animals getting along. This book has very simple borders and white around the edges. At the end the author tells about the different kinds of hyenas and why some of the animals in the book look different than another animal just like them. This reminded me of my childhood and how much i loved Stellaluna, i loved getting to relive that!

  • Rachel
    2018-10-10 04:23

    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.

  • Dione Basseri
    2018-09-26 05:24

    I tried reading this to my three year old nephew, and it's maybe a bit too early for this particular book. He paid attention, at first, but about halfway through, his attention was totally gone. I feel this story probably could have cut down the word-per-page number and kept the feel of the story, but, just in general, this might end up being a book to save for for at least four year olds.Pinduli is a young hyena whom finds herself repeatedly ridiculed by her animal neighbors for her appearance. Stripey coat, big ears, and messy fur all garner criticism, so Pinduli tries to hide them all until she's not only a ghost of what she was, but appears to be an actual ghost.I don't quite like the message of all the animals making fun of Pinduli because other animals made fun of them. It takes the responsibility away from bullies by claiming they were also bullied. It's not the greatest message when you should be at a stage where kids are learning accountability.Great artwork, though, and the little snippets at the end for learning about the animals of Africa are a good addition. Really, if it was just a bit quicker, the story and artwork would have garnered five stars, but it just fell short.

  • Erin Harris
    2018-09-26 03:29

    This has everything I like in a children's book: interesting characters, educational aspects seamlessly interwoven (even including an additional learning section in the back, which introduces information about the real animals who are the inspiration for the characters), wonderful illustrations, and a valuable message--this one is about teasing--that never comes across as preachy.Another aspect that differentiates this book from many young children's books is the level of anthropomorphization. The animals in the story are imbued with human personality traits, but thankfully this book leaves them close to their natural habitats and highlights their physical animal characteristics as an effective plot device.Read this story of a young hyena who finds a unique and clever way to triumph over hurtful teasing and also helps heal and ultimately bring together other members of her community. P.S.-her cleverness also brings her a boon in the end. I don't like to categorize books into an age group because I believe parents know best what will hold with their expectations and values, so instead I will say that there is mild cycle of life info (hyenas hunt for food and eat eggs) and a mention of a spirit/ghost.Highly recommended.

  • Julie Graham 47150
    2018-09-20 06:19

    Pinduli's mother thinks that she is beautiful, but some of the other animals disagree and make fun of her features. Pinduli is so disheartened that she tries to hide these features, some of which are wetting down her fur and rolling in dust to hide her stripes. When the animals see her again, they mistake her for a Great Spirit. Although the illustrations are wonderful, the story leads to great discussions, and Cannon includes a section to help children learn some interesting facts about some of the lesser known animals that she included in the story, there are a couple things that don't quite measure up to what could have been an award winning story. First, Cannon never has Pinduli set the record straight about her true identity which could have been done in a very clever way after the animals went back and told their own bullies how they felt. I also don't think Pinduli should have tricked the other animals into giving her "offerings" which was also a continuation of her lie about being a Spirit. Like I stated earlier, the story does lead to wonderful discussions, but this could have been an even better story if it hadn't kept the lie intact.

  • Marsha
    2018-10-05 02:20

    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.

  • Julia
    2018-10-06 04:27

    A beautiful book that will charm parents and kids alike. The story covers Pinduli, a hyena cub, as she takes the harsh criticism of other grassland animals against the wisdom of her mother. In a strange turnaround she is able to get back on the other animals so they fix their harsh criticizing ways against each other. The pictures are beautiful to say the least and it was halfway through the story that I found there were actually two stories being told at the same time. Both were just as important as the other while proving that each story has more than one viewpoint. The lesson in this story is a good one about how misery loves company and how our badmouthing someone can actually lead to others being injured by the same actions. For older audiences and by parents who like to go over such lessons this is a good start-off point. And finally there is a part in the back of the book that describes the different attributes of each of the animals described in the book. Some of it is quite fascinating and new while others for those who have been around the block are common fact but still fun to re-read about.

  • Molly Swank
    2018-09-30 02:13

    Summary: In this book, Pinduli is a hyena who gets teased for her ears, coat, stripes and physical appearance. She felt very sad that other animals made fun of her but tries to remember that her mom always reminded her that she was perfect just they way she is. At one point other animals think Pindalu is a spirit and they reveal that they insulted a young hyena. This reveals that the other animals insulted her because at one point they were bullied too. Theme: The theme of this story is self image and confidence. It is important to learn that no one is perfect, and for children to be positive about their self image. Personal Response: I personally can relate to this text because I remember learning that a lot of time individuals who bully others were victims of bullying earlier in their life. This is important to remember because it shows that bullying is often times a cycle.Recommendation: I would recommend this book because it deals with the issue of bullying. Bullying and teasing are big issues for children in school and it is crucial to learn about the cycle of bullying. It's also important to remind readers to be confident in themselves.

  • (NS) - Heather Hayman
    2018-10-16 04:22

    Janell Cannon, who became known after her work in Stellaluna, brings Pinduli to life set in Africa. While off to hunt with her mother and promising to stay close, Pinduli ends up wandering off only to encounter a handful of animals who laugh at her looks. She proceeds to roll in the dirt and ends up convincing the animals that she is a 'ghost' who has come for them. They confess their wrongdoings to this spirit and agree to make amends. Pinduli's quick thinking is quite admirable in this story for primary age learners. Her acceptance in realizing that even though she is different, she is still beautiful is another lifelong lesson.Janell Cannon does an impressive job at creating another story filled with moral lessons that will stick with children for years to come. The incredible illustrations add to the beautifully written words in this book. It is written in a most delicate way that speaks to children about taking responsibility for their actions. It doesn't surprise me that Cannon hit the bestseller list yet again with this book. Year after year, my students enjoy this beautiful text and beg to hear more of her works afterwards!

  • Trent Gillespie
    2018-10-05 23:18

    A cute kids book that places a narrative into a possible African Legend, or at least it could be. There were a lot of big words in this one for younger readers, but easily explained & defined.