December 2009 - Pinduli by Janell Cannon

posted Dec 7, 2009, 7:25 PM by Holly Shipman   [ updated Dec 7, 2009, 7:31 PM ]

Dear Students and Teachers,

The Book of the Month for December is an awesome story this month. It is called Pinduli by Janell Cannon who is also the creator of Stellaluna. The story teaches some important life lessons, and the illustrations are really neat! I just know all our animal lovers are going to love this book. Isn’t it fun when we can learn lessons from animals?

Whenever I read a book, there are always connections to be made and my imagination can create a movie out of the scenes and activities of the characters from the story in my head. Sometimes, I can actually see myself right there inside the story as I read. This book is no exception. It takes place in majestic Africa. The fictional characters are animals who are actually native to that area of the world. There are hyenas, prairie dogs, a lion, and zebras. Our main character is a young hyena named Pinduli. When some of his animal friends are not very nice to him, he tries to change himself, but actually ends up changing his friends’ attitudes.

Everyone has personal attributes they don’t like about themselves – things that make them feel self conscious. Pinduli is told by the other animals that his ears are large, his stripes are weird, and that his mane was prickly. What mean things to say to someone! Pinduli feels awful and tries to fix the things his friends laughed at. Of course, he can’t fix them, however, in his attempts, he winds up teaching his so-called friends a great lesson. The lesson - we should always be kind to others. Isn’t that an awesome rule to live by? I won’t ruin the end of the story, but read carefully all the way to the end! The conclusion is the best part!

Is there anything about "you" that you don’t exactly like very much? Has anyone ever said something hurtful to you? Perhaps someone made fun of your hair, or your eyes, or your clothes? This does not feel very nice does it? Hopefully, we can learn from how badly we feel when someone makes fun of us, so we don’t say mean things to anyone else. It’s the "do unto others as you would have them do to you" rule. If the whole world would learn to live by this – wow, this would be an awesome place wouldn’t it?

As you read the story, think about a time when someone made you feel badly about yourself. What did you do? How did you respond to them? What can we learn from how others make us feel? I can’t wait to read about your interesting experiences! I always like to read what you write in response to our Book of the Month.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Hollinger

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