Published in 1986 and wonderfully illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester is a delightful picture book that will entrance readers and listeners alike. Fluffy the porcupine is distressed that his appearance doesn’t live up to his name and he tries to become what he is not – fluffy. He meets a new friend, a rhinoceros named Hippo, with the same problem. In the end, they are able to laugh at themselves and accept themselves for who they are.
With a great object lesson for children (and many adults!), this is a book that will be read over and over. The illustrations that accompany the text are adorable. Read it! You’ll be glad you did.