illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
|Religious/Secular Content||:||Not applicable|
|Violence/Abuse||:||Threat of bullying. One character threatens to "rough up" another.|
|Educational Value||:||Preschool Read-Aloud or Elementary Reader; an entertaining tale with a subtle, moral message; opportunity to discuss bullying, defensiveness and judging others on superficial means.|
|Positive/Negative Messages||:||The two main characters struggle with identity issues and making friends, but conquer both in the end.|
Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine, upon having their first child, know that a name has meaning and want to give their son the best advantage, so they shun names about being, well... prickly. They name their son Fluffy, which he obviously isn't, without thinking this might cause him embarrassment or difficulties. As Fluffy grows, he tries in vain to make himself into what his name suggests. Upon failing in this endeavor, he goes for a depressed walk where he meets a rhinoceros who, unbeknownst to him, is having the very same identity crisis, only he deals with it by defensively pushing people away... bullying them. When the two discover their joint plight, they realize the ridiculousness of their individual efforts to change what is unchangeable, accept themselves and become fast friends.