Pinduli by Janell Cannon
(ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards)

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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 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.

About Janell Cannon

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JANELL CANNON is the award-winning author and illustrator of picture books about unappreciated and fascinating creatures, including Crickwing, Verdi, and the beloved bestseller Stellaluna. She lives in Southern California.
Published January 1, 2004 by SCHOLASTIC. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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After being ridiculed for her big ears, her fuzzy fur, and her uneven stripes, a little hyena tries to change herself into something else, but learns an amazing secret about the power of words to hurt and to heal.

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Cannon (Stellaluna ) applies her familiar formula to the animals of the African savanna in this rambling tale of a striped hyena who learns about how cruel insults can be.

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Cannon, who has made unpopular creatures such as bats (Stellaluna) and cockroaches (Crickwing) lovable, now takes on the much-maligned hyena in this sweet and lushly illustrated morality tale.

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