The Problem with Poppy
Written by Emma Sandford and Illustrated by Olena Osadcha
What it’s about?
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?
What we think:
This is a great book full of fun, friendship, adventure and a very important message.
Poppy and Rory are a pair of unlikely pals who get off on the wrong foot. When they forst meet, Poppy’s porcupine instints kick in and she scares the cautious cub with her terrifying spikes.
Determined to make amends she trks through the forest to find him and apologise.
Disaster strikes when people in a jeep turn up in the forest and trap Rory. Scared, Poppy runs away, but feeling guilty she tries to work out a plan to get Rory back in the jungle.
This book highlights some of the problems facing the animals in the Sumatran Rainforest that are critically endangered so it is a great springboard for talking about issues. And £1 from every copy sold goes to Rainforest Trust UK
We thoroughly enjoyed this read. The font is really kid friendly so my 5yo who is beginning to read could have a good go at lots of the words. The illustrations are wonderful. They are full of life and really convey the cheeky personalities and emotions of the characters.
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About the writer:
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!
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Thank you for my gifted copy! And to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this lovely blog tour.