Saturday, May 28, 2016

*Review* Porcupette Finds a Family by Vanita Oeschlager

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: October 1, 2010
Pages: 44


Porcupette Finds a Family, is a story about how a baby porcupine (called a porcupette) finds a new family after losing his mother. He wants to have an attachment to the bear family he finds, but is afraid his “bear” mother and “bear” brother and sister will leave him too. This causes him to act out his fears in ways that jeopardize acceptance from his adopted family. However, with the understanding and help of Mother Bear, Porcupette finally accepts that he is truly loved and wanted despite, or maybe because of, his differences.


I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about a baby porcupine, which is called a porcupette (I didn't know that!), who loses it's mother and decides to go looking for her. Instead, Porcupette finds a mama bear and her two cubs and decides to try to blend in with them. When the mama bear wakes up from hibernation, she doesn't make Porcupette leave. This isn't really a story about a porcupine at all (and I didn't figure that out until almost the end, and didn't read the synopsis prior to reading the book). 

This story would probably be ideal for children in the foster care system to help them adjust to the changes in their lives, but also to help them realize that just because their biological parents aren't around anymore doesn't mean they are unloveable. I was almost in tears by the end of the book. 

My 5 year old liked it when the mama bear went to find Porcupette after he ran away because then he was happy again. 

5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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