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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
Henrietta Hedgehog’s Prickly Problem by Carole P. Roman shares a beautiful story about self-acceptance. Henrietta is a charming hedgehog who is unhappy with her spiky quills and feels they keep her fellow critters from becoming close friends. While at school, some of the animals tease her about her prickly appearance. Wanting to fit in, Henrietta tries to change how she looks. The response from the animals at her school is not what Henrietta had expected. Adorable and detailed illustrations by Mateya Arkova highlight the emotions Henrietta experiences as she begins to understand how special she is. This poignant tale conveys a vital message about having the courage to be yourself and appreciate that our differences make each of us one of a kind.
Carole P. Roman’s Henrietta the Hedgehog’s Prickly Problem presents a situation that many children will easily relate to; everyone wants to feel included and loved for who they are. This uplifting story acknowledges that different attributes are essential to creating individuality. Henrietta’s sharp quills protect her from harm, while Bella the beaver’s teeth allow her to chew wood. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will enjoy the positive lessons promoting self-confidence. Henrietta and her friends are highly likable and demonstrate kindness, compassion, and empathy for one another. Children will be engaged and curious as they follow Henrietta while she discovers her inner strength and becomes more self-assured. This heartwarming tale will encourage young readers to embrace their extraordinary qualities. It is a highly recommended book.