Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Poppy the porcupine has always wanted to make a friend, but her defensive nature prevents her. When a young tiger cub stumbles upon her one day in the rainforest, she reacts badly and scares him away.
Determined to change her ways, she sets out to find him, but little does she know that the tiger cub is about to have a problem of his own. In the face of danger, will Poppy find a way to save the day?
Get ready for a new superhero who finds a way to live up to her name and change what she’s previously seen as a problem into something that really helps her new friend!
This is a delightful, illustrated book for older children, though younger ones will enjoy having it read to them. It is set in the Sumatran rainforest in Indonesia and the illustrations show this habitat beautifully. Poppy is a porcupine who has been bullied so now reacts defensively even when approached by someone friendly, like Rory the tiger cub. This is the story of how they become friends and how Poppy rescues him.
Whilst this is a great story for children to read and enjoy, it is also a brilliant one for prompting discussions on a variety of subjects – I highly recommend teachers check it out! Poppy has had traumatic events which make her naturally defensive, even when she doesn’t need to be. This story helps children realise that sometimes people are only protecting themselves and help them realise that they don’t always need to do so. The setting could promote work about rainforests and how important they are as a natural habitat for so many endangered species and there are some great creatures in the story that could help raise their awareness of them. The sale of this book will also help raise funds for the Rainforest Trust and children may be interested in finding more about this charity and its purpose by visiting their website. It is a lovely book that I highly recommend to children, carers and teachers.
Thank you for my copy of this fabulous book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Emma Sandford is a Liverpool-born author and businesswoman based in Cheshire. For many years, she has wanted to write a children’s book that draws on her own experiences and helps young children overcome personal issues. One day, inspiration hit her: she realised that a porcupine has a very obvious defence mechanism where it shows its quills, stamps its feet and chatters with its teeth when feeling threatened.
Unfortunately, due to traumatic events in her life, Emma has also been defensive in situations where she didn’t need to be, and was frightened to let people get close to her. The Problem With Poppy is a fun way of teaching kids that while everybody has a natural defence mechanism, there is a time and a place to use it. By the end of the story, Poppy has learnt this valuable lesson and she makes a lifelong friend in the process.
Emma is planning on writing more books in the future that have similar important messages for youngsters. Watch this space!