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Have you ever had a difficult problem? If so, you would want to visit a doctor like Dr. Pete. Dr. Pete knows how to mix up a potion that fixes any problem. Children learn valuable lessons in The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga. Problems are opportunities to find solutions. What the book illustrates is the power of hugs. With each potion Dr. Pete uses, he gives a hug. Teaching your child the difference between a safe hug and improper touching is essential as a parent. The biggest lesson comes at the end of the book when all the other animals are struggling with the verbal abuse spewed by Cactus Jack. Dr. Pete accidentally gives Jack a hug. Sometimes, someone is hurting deep inside, and that hurt comes out as verbal abuse. Help your children learn to be kind to all.
Luis Peres illustrates The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine. The illustrations add life to the text. Cheryl DaVeiga writes in an entertaining manner that will delight children of all ages. The reader can identify with the various animals as they present their problems to Dr. Pete for healing. Dr. Pete always knows just what to do. One day after he has closed his office, he is met outside by his patients. They have a prickly problem with Cactus Jack. They are tired of his insults. They did the right thing and found someone with authority to help them. Will Dr. Pete get to the root of the problem? Parents must spend time with their children, listening to them and addressing their concerns. Parents can help children learn that some people just need someone to show them acceptance.