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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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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
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
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
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
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.
McKenna Crimmins
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
Wendy Daniel
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
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.
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Rob Thelen
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
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
(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
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
Erin Harris
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
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
Cannon's most recent work is the most important for children to read. It has a strong message about accepting and loving yourself for who you are and that being mean to others doesn't help anyone, it just spreads hurt. As always, I have to mention the brilliant illustrations that Cannon creates and her genius story telling. I still enjoy all of her works as an adult and I highly recommend all of her books to everyone.
Feb 18, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, africa, childrens
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.
Janet Frost
I read this as a guided reading experience with GT second graders. They loved the story and the pictures. Pinduli is a hyena that gets caught up in the backbiting society of the savanna wildlife. Everyone is being picked on by someone, Pinduli learns to be happy with her uniqueness.
This was recommended by my friend Tracy and I have to say I really liked it. It is a short but sweet story. It teaches you a lesson and as good children's stories it leaves you feeling good in general.
Beautiful illustrations. This teaches that often when others say unkind things it is because they are hurting inside. I loved the author's note about the four types of hyenas at the back.
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
A good one for showing how namecalling and teasing begets more meanness.
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
Lauren White
Good for grades k-5
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Holly Brown
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.
Lyndsay M
Grades: 1-2
Maria Burel
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.
Sabrina Henry
This was a humorous book about a hyena who was doing many things to himself to look like other animals. Eventually he looked weird and the other animals were afraid of him and ran from him.
It was a bit long but maybe more fun for older children. I loved the illustrations. They were colorful and attractive. This book can be used to teach children about emotions/feelings. It had many vocabulary that could be used as various lessons.
Pinduli is trying to just fit in with everyone else. There are a lot of different animal facts in this story, but the main idea for a lesson would be about self-image and how everyone is unique and beautiful. Every student wants to fit in, but sometimes sicking out is the best way to teach others about fitting in. Also, this can promote a classroom community by starting a discussion about friendship and being respectful of eachother and our feelings.
Pinduli is a young hyena who wanders away from her mother. She encounters one animal after another who each make fun of something about her. She feels so bad about herself after these episodes that she tries to hide everything that has been made fun of. Children listening to this book being read or reading this book should see how damaging making fun of or bullying someone can be.
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