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4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  786 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Pinduli's mama has always told her that she's the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don't think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Poor Pinduli just wants to disappear--and she tries everything she can think of to make that happen. Yet nothing goes her way. Nothing, that is, until a ...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Juventud (first published January 1st 2004)
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Apr 26, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I absolutely love the illustrations! They are such sweet and adorable, yet also accurate, portrayals of African animals--and not just the typical lions and zebra but some more obscure like the serval which happens to be one of my favorite African cats! And I have to give kudos to a book that made me coo over the cuteness of hyenas (which, I am sorry to say, kind of creep me out in real life) The underlying story is one about not teasing someone based on looks (and also that those who do tease ar ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
These illustrations are simply stunning! Beautiful, cute, just the right amount of realism and characterization - for me the illustrations won the day!

I also thoroughly appreciated (and enjoyed) Cannon's use of animals we aren't typically introduced to in stories. In addition to a lion, zebra and owl, we meet wild dogs, an ocelot, and a fennec fox (to name a few)! And the hyena was so adorable that even my sister (who doesn't like hyenas...) fell in love!

I loved the information in the back of th
Oct 08, 2008 Lstirl rated it it was amazing
A glorious tale with a hidden agenda of dealing with the issue of hurt feelings.

By the creator of Stellaluna, another favorite of mine, Pinduli offers up again a sensitive and sympathetic protagonist. The East African setting and charming yet realistic illustrations give open the world up to young children and introduce them to another continent, yet the experiences Pinduli has are all familiar ones. As Pinduli encounters other animals, they poke fun of her appearance, but all is made well when
Wendy Daniel
May 07, 2014 Wendy Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-4700
Pinduli is a very insecure creature who lets other animals' opinions of him guide his decisions. He continues to alter his appearance to hide what the others tease him about. Eventually he alters himself so much that he is virtually unrecognizable. The resulting antics uncover a long line of animals being unkind to each other. Kids (ages 3-5) love Pinduli for its illustrations and its story. The realization that what you say to others matters is a valuable lesson. The rich vocabulary and narrati ...more
The illustrations in this book are fabulous. In fact that's one of my complaints - the hyenas are way too cute! This has a nice moral and was fun to read.

There is some scientific information at the back so you could use it for early science as well.

A very lovely book.
Erin Swinson
Oct 27, 2016 Erin Swinson rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book to read to children in grades K-5. I would use this as a fantasy book for my students. This is a story about a hyena named Pinduli who is made fun of and tries to change herself, but then ends up looking like a ghost and being able to get to the bottom of the reason why she was made fun of in the first place! Pinduli would be a great segue way into teaching students how one comment that's not nice could lead to a lot more comments. It also helps to show students that it ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
3.8/ 5 I definitely prefer Stellaluna, but this book still has gorgeous illustrations and an interesting message of it's own. Just like the book "Have you Filled a Bucket today?" states, if you fill someone else's bucket they will have the urge to fill others, but take from their bucket and they will feel like taking. Pinduli lets other animals' comments get the best of her (though thankfully she doesn't then make fun of others) but she later finds out that it all started with one animal having ...more
Catherine McAna
Sep 09, 2016 Catherine McAna rated it it was amazing
Goodreads #2

Summary: Pinduli is a hyena that has some physical features that got her teased for. Her mom always told her that she was beautiful and she believed she was until the other animals pointed out her imperfections. It made her self-conscious about herself. She tried to change the way she looked. However, when she did this, the other animals didn't recognize her. She used this in her favor by pretending to be a spirit and tricked the animals to make amends with the animals that caused th
Kest Schwartzman
Feb 18, 2017 Kest Schwartzman rated it really liked it
I think the intended moral here is "be yourself" or "don't change your own nature to please others" or "if you DO try to be someone else, maybe your friends will mistake you for the Great Spirit and then you can tell them to give you food"

Something like that.
English 212
Jun 16, 2015 English 212 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paige-2015
As a kid i loved Stellaluna who also wrote this. I remembered reading that but i never looked up the author so when i picked up this book because i liked the cover and then it also said the author of Stellaluna i was thrilled! This book uses animals to show that people will get teased. It also shows that you should not be ashamed of your looks or anything about yourself because in the end other people's comments do not matter. Everyone is different and beautiful in their own way. This book also ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Pinduli is having bad day. One after the other, the animals remark on, tease, or stare at Pinduli's appearance. More and more she becomes self-conscious, so she attempts to hide these traits, eventually coating herself in dirt that makes her as white as a ghost. Fearing this apparition, the animals confess that their remarks were only made because similar comments were made regarding them.

Bullying spreads like wildfire. At this point, what has been a very serious subject is lightened by the com
Dione Basseri
Dec 08, 2015 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
I tried reading this to my three year old nephew, and it's maybe a bit too early for this particular book. He paid attention, at first, but about halfway through, his attention was totally gone. I feel this story probably could have cut down the word-per-page number and kept the feel of the story, but, just in general, this might end up being a book to save for for at least four year olds.

Pinduli is a young hyena whom finds herself repeatedly ridiculed by her animal neighbors for her appearance.
Erin Harris
Apr 03, 2008 Erin Harris rated it it was amazing
This has everything I like in a children's book: interesting characters, educational aspects seamlessly interwoven (even including an additional learning section in the back, which introduces information about the real animals who are the inspiration for the characters), wonderful illustrations, and a valuable message--this one is about teasing--that never comes across as preachy.

Another aspect that differentiates this book from many young children's books is the level of anthropomorphization. T
Julie Graham 47150
Pinduli's mother thinks that she is beautiful, but some of the other animals disagree and make fun of her features. Pinduli is so disheartened that she tries to hide these features, some of which are wetting down her fur and rolling in dust to hide her stripes. When the animals see her again, they mistake her for a Great Spirit. Although the illustrations are wonderful, the story leads to great discussions, and Cannon includes a section to help children learn some interesting facts about some of ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Marsha rated it really liked it
Ms. Cannon delights her readers with children’s stories about unusual animals, beasts that normally arouse fear or disgust in people, and shining a light on the positive aspects of their natures. In this story of a curious, intelligent but too eager to please hyena, she brings to life the various animals that make fun of Pinduli. The illustrations are vivid, realistic and colorful. Even the strangest-looking animal has its own kind of beauty.

As with her other books Stellaluna and Verdi, each pa
Julia Brumfield
Apr 05, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, book
A beautiful book that will charm parents and kids alike. The story covers Pinduli, a hyena cub, as she takes the harsh criticism of other grassland animals against the wisdom of her mother. In a strange turnaround she is able to get back on the other animals so they fix their harsh criticizing ways against each other.

The pictures are beautiful to say the least and it was halfway through the story that I found there were actually two stories being told at the same time. Both were just as import
Molly Swank
Sep 12, 2016 Molly Swank rated it really liked it
Summary: In this book, Pinduli is a hyena who gets teased for her ears, coat, stripes and physical appearance. She felt very sad that other animals made fun of her but tries to remember that her mom always reminded her that she was perfect just they way she is. At one point other animals think Pindalu is a spirit and they reveal that they insulted a young hyena. This reveals that the other animals insulted her because at one point they were bullied too.
Theme: The theme of this story is self ima
(NS) - Heather Hayman
Janell Cannon, who became known after her work in Stellaluna, brings Pinduli to life set in Africa. While off to hunt with her mother and promising to stay close, Pinduli ends up wandering off only to encounter a handful of animals who laugh at her looks. She proceeds to roll in the dirt and ends up convincing the animals that she is a 'ghost' who has come for them. They confess their wrongdoings to this spirit and agree to make amends. Pinduli's quick thinking is quite admirable in this story f ...more
Trent Gillespie
Feb 10, 2017 Trent Gillespie rated it really liked it
A cute kids book that places a narrative into a possible African Legend, or at least it could be. There were a lot of big words in this one for younger readers, but easily explained & defined.
Jul 18, 2009 Lv2readB rated it really liked it
Cannon, J. (2004). Pinduli. Orlando: Harcourt.

Pinduli is a young hyena living in the African savannah with Mama Hyena, who thinks she is the most beautiful hyena ever. Dog, Lion, and Zebra make fun of her ears, mane, and stripes, and Pinduli feels terrible about herself. With a few changes, Pinduli teaches all of the African animals on the savannah a lesson about hurtful words. This book is partly informational as well due to the four pages after the story that give facts about various h
Feb 18, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
As usual, we were just mesmerized by the gorgeous illustrations in this book. We've also read Stellaluna, Verdi and Crickwing by Janell Cannon and love her expressive and almost eerily accurate drawings.

The story is a good lesson in being true to oneself and how often someone may lash out at others when feelings get hurt. We really enjoyed reading this story aloud together and will look for more books by this author.
Jan 28, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This was a great book about kindness. My kids loved it. There is a fun progression of the story with a satisfying end. It starts out sad with a hyena that feels bad because others say mean things about her. Eventually she gets to the bottom of why they might have said things like that to her. All is put well and the animals of the savannah learn the lesson of kindness. I also think it helps to remind the kids who feel hurt by others to maybe not let it get to them as much.
After the story there
McKenna Crimmins
Feb 11, 2015 McKenna Crimmins rated it it was amazing
Pinduli would be a great book to read to a classroom of first or second graders. This picture book would be a great way to show that sometimes people are mean because they are having a bad day or because someone else was mean to them first. The students could see how their actions affect others and how it's like a domino effect. That would be the main point that I would like my students to realize. It would be a great book to learn about hyenas as well because in the very back, there were many p ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Stina rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2012
Book #52 for 2012

This is another beautiful book from Janell Cannon. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I liked Verdi better. Maybe it's that this story didn't flow quite as smoothly and the resolution didn't seem as, well, "realistic" is an odd word to use for books with talking animals, but yes, realistic. Still, the topic of teasing and bullying is both important and timely, and I simply love that Cannon included animals that are rarely used as characters in children's books. There is also a nice
May 16, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing

What a beautiful story! The illustrations are amazing. There is a little bit of challenging vocabulary interspersed. I read it to my class while they were eating and everyone, even my 'I really am not interested in stories' kids were glued to it. Good lessons on character....sometimes people do mean things because something has happened to them. We have had a few conversations in class lately about context and how the context can help you understand a difficult word (or a tricky situation). This
Rebecca Snodgrass
I really liked the story of this book. It was super funny how the hyena was so dirty she looked like a white ghost and taught the other animals a lesson. I say this book is informational because at the end it has a list of every animal mentioned in the book and it tells a little about each one. I would start this book before lunch and stop right before she is a "ghost". I would then let the children wonder during lunch, and when they got back, I would finish the story then. It's kind of long so ...more
Holly Brown
Nov 28, 2012 Holly Brown rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young hyena named Pinduli. The book shows what happens when he is teased by the other animals and wanders away from his mother.

I love this book! The illustrations are great, and it tells a wonderful story with a meaningful lesson.

I would use this book in my classroom to educate my students about loving themselves, being kind to others, and not making others feel bad about themselves. This book would also be a great way to introduce my students to the animals of Africa.
Rob Thelen
May 04, 2014 Rob Thelen rated it it was amazing
Written and illustrated by Janell Cannon, Pinduli is a heart warming book about self acceptance, perseverance, and understanding the emotional outcries of those around you. After being teased by her neighboring animals all day, Pinduli, a hyena, learns that those who made fun of her, were simply acting out because they had been victims of the same emotional crimes by other animals. Pinduli would be an excellent read aloud for primary children to learn the purposes behind bullying and how to comb ...more
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Maria Burel
Jun 21, 2012 Maria Burel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story, by the author of STELLALUNA, has a slight fable-ish feel. Pinduli is a young hyena who is teased by the other animals for her big ears, fuzzy man, and wiggly stripes. When a turn of events allows Pinduli to get revenge on the other animal bullies, she chooses instead to help them discover why it is that they choose to be so mean...and to make amends.

A clever story about the root of bullying, and having pride in the characteristics that makes each of us unique.
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