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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Pudgy Possum met a strange creature at the pear tree one evening. It looked like a possum that had quills stuck on its back. Pudgy introduced himself and the stranger said his name was Peter. There were plenty of pears for them to eat and they were safe because Felix Fox was not there. Peter said he was not afraid of the fox because he was a porcupine and if his quills got into the fox's nose he would be in pain. Pudgy wished he had quills as he watched Peter waddling off. Pudgy had an idea. He gathered some small sticks, dipped a stick in the mud, and twisted the stick into his fur. The stick looked like Peter's quills and he looked like a porcupine after fixing the sticks all over his back. Pudgy waddled off to the pear tree and, while munching on the pears, Pudgy heard Felix Fox coming through the tall grass. Felix sniffed at Pudgy and thought he was a possum ... though he resembled a porcupine. Would Pudgy's idea work and would he be able to scare Felix Fox?
Pudgy Possum and the Porcupine by Kathy L. Elasky is an adorable story that conveys the message of self-love and self-acceptance where readers see Pudgy Possum being happy just as himself instead of trying to be like the porcupine. The illustrations are also done by the author and they breathe life into the story and the characters and give them each a personality of their own. Tutors and parents can use the book for storytelling sessions and read-aloud sessions to encourage youngsters to be happy with what they have instead of trying to copy someone else.