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Porcupette Finds a Family

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

I thought this book was super sweet and charming. I also loved the illustrations. It is an entertaining read, but it also helps children learn that there is room in this crazy world for everyone. And that is one of the most important lessons children can be taught. I can see this book being popular in classrooms and libraries for sure!


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I'm in love with this little story and it did make me cry. Poor little Porcupette finds herself alone when her mom doesn't come back from foraging. The reader knows the poor baby is probably an orphan, because momma would come back if she could. Little Porcupette goes out looking for her mom and finds a little bear family, with a momma and two babies. Even though she is afraid, she eventually realizes they accept her as part of their family now.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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What a cute name! Such an adorable book to read with your kids! Surely, your kids will love it with the illustration in it. A heartwarming and cozy read. I do love it! Want to read more books like this in the future.

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This was a cute book. I liked the message and will be having my children read it. And Porcupette is such a cute name!

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. I really enjoyed 'Porcupette Finds a Family'. It's a touching story that explores themes of belonging and adoption. The book features lovely illustrations that add to its charm. The way it portrays Porcupette's struggle to fit into her new family and her fear of being left alone was relatable. I appreciated how the book tackled these emotions head-on, making it relatable for kids going through similar experiences. I particularly liked the exploration of fear of abandonment after adoption; it shows the very real reality that being taken in isn't the end of the story. I wish I had read this when I was younger, and I'm sure there are many children who would benefit from it. While some might find its message a bit straightforward, I personally thought it was a great way to address these important feelings with children.

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Vanita Oelschlager is officially my go to writer for books for my kid.

This is a story of a porcupette, a super cute one, who searches for love in an unexpected place, will it be able to find it? With such adorable and vivid illustrations and insightful and impactful thoughts the author handles it so delicately and in simple and easy words that it leaves me in awe.

Thanks Netgalley and Vanitabooks for providing me with ARC in exchange of an honest review.

Most definitely recommended.

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Unfortunately I cannot read or review this title. The title will not load on the app and none of the programs I have on my phone or chromebook will read the format that is used. Since I cannot submit without a star rating I will give it three stars.

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This one made me cry.

This is a beautiful and emotional story about a young porcupine that loses it's mother. He finds a new family, but worries about fitting in and their differences.

This is a great children's story about adoption.


Thank you to Netgalley for providing the ARC of this book. These are my honest thoughts.

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Porcupette Finds a Family is about a baby porcupine, a porcupette, who is loved very much by his momma when he is young. One day though, she doesn't come home from hunting, and he gets worried and goes looking for her. He can't find her, and eventually sees a Mama Bear and her two cubs in a cave. Tired and hungry, Porcupette snuggles in to the Mama Bear to eat next to the cubs. The bear family adopts her.

She feels loved by this new family, but she continues to fear that they will leave her, like her real mom did. She acts out, runs away, and generally behaves badly. Mama Bear puts up with her behavior and keeps bringing her back into the family.

This is a beautifully illustrated, poignantly written story of a youngster who finds a new, loving family. This story shows that even found families, families who CHOOSE us, can be loving and strong. Just because one person or family hurt you in the past, it doesn't mean that you are unlovable. It just gives other people an opportunity to love you instead! Heartwarming! ❤️

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this eARC in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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I cried buckets with this one… but I cried after reading it to my daughter because I feel like she can relate to it so well.

This is a sweet little story….

It teaches values and knowledge, using the most lovely, flowy illustrations.

This is an important book for anyone who has lost a parent for whatever reason - death, moving away or divorce and especially adoption.
My daughter's dad and I divorced 3 years ago and it’s been hard on her to say the least.

My fiancée has truly stepped up and stepped in as her bonus dad… and he loves her just like she is his own.

It’s truly beautiful and this illustrates it perfectly.

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This book was so adorable, I loved everything about it, the illustrations were so well done, they suited the book perfectly, the story was amazing as well, even thought is very short I could really connect with the characters and feel theirs struggles.
I’m sure the kids are going to be just as enthralled with this amazing book as I was.
I will definitely recommend!

Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this early copy

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This sweet story is a perfect read for any child to learn about the love of a family and acceptance. Poor porcupette finds himself all alone when his mother doesn’t come home one evening. He must then find a way to get food and a new home. Porcupette finds a new family but learns it’s not always easy to adjust to a new home. He wants to give up but in the end love conquers all and he finds his new family. This is a great read for adoptees and families. Thank you @netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book! My little one and I enjoyed it very much! I would definitely recommend it to other families! I just reviewed Porcupette Finds a Family by Vanita Oelschlager. #NetGalley

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A warm story about adoption. I love the porcupine mother though. I hope she would be happy.
Thank you the author, the publisher, and Netgalley for sending me this e-ARC.

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Porcupette Finds a Family attempts to help children navigate some big fears and complex behaviors. The illustrations are beautiful and the story will likely help children who are struggling feel better. I would love to see this book reworked or edited a bit, as some of the sentences are choppy, but even as it is, it is worthy of a space in a classroom, library or child's bookshelf.

This would be an excellent choice for lessons in social emotional learning classes!


The publisher made a copy of this book available to review on Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

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One day, Porcupette’s mother leaves him and doesn’t come back. Lonely and sad, he wanders until he finds a mama bear and her cubs. He joins them and they live together happily, until Porcupette becomes scared that they will leave him too. He begins to hurt them before they can hurt him, unsure of how else to act on his feelings. Will Porcupette drive away his new family, or will he learn that he can be loved despite being different?

The art of this work was excellently done, from the unique style to the colors used. The message of the work was also wonderful, though it was a bit heavy handed in its delivery even for a children’s book. It touched on issues that may arise from blended families and feelings that can be common for children trying to feel comfortable with new families, which is an important topic. However, I would have liked a bit more of an exploration of the feelings other than “I felt X. I did X. Then X happened.”

The book could use some editing and reworking. There were some errors, including accidental tense changes and inconsistencies in capitalization. The prose was also awkwardly written. There were strings of short, stilted sentences followed by run on sentences that took away from any sort of flow the story could have had. I also disliked that it was told from a first-person perspective and think it would have been more impactful told from the third-person.

The heart of the story is beautiful, it just needs some reworking and polishing before I would fully recommend it. My thanks to NetGalley and VanitaBooks, LLC for allowing me to read this work. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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The book is about a baby porcupine, a porcupette. The little sweet porcupette lost her mother (who presumably died) and she was still a baby, she needed a new home, and someone new to take care of her. She finds love and care with a bear family. The story is also about the baby porcupette’s fear of not being accepted, and not fitting in with the new family. To be honest, this is the most awesome kids’ book I have seen that deals with adoption and/or foster families. It is so beautifully written, and the drawings are darling also.

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Oh my puny little heart...Porcupette Finds a Family hit me like a sack of potatoes!
Beautiful and moving, this tale is about a baby porcupine that finds itself without its mother one day and decides to join a mother and her two cubs- hoping that the bears won't notice the difference!

Poor Porcupette is so terrified of being unloved and being abandoned that fear takes over time and time again. The more fear creeps up, he starts acting out in ways that he is SURE will make momma bear leave him- how could she not?

Well, our little porcupine learns that no matter what he does he has a family and is MOST LOVED by momma bear and the cubs. She isn't going to abandon him, he is safe.
Once Porcupette learns to let his guard down and realize that he doesn't have to push the ones he loves away before they may leave him, he is truly happy and content.

This was a super adorable story that would be perfect in non-traditional families- especially foster homes or with adoptive parents. This whole read was so warm and fuzzy, I loved the illustrations and the message...all so very sweet!!

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Why am I sitting here sobbing? I am not that much of a sap. (or am I?) Either way, this book is just that beautiful.

Porcupette is a baby porcupine who loses his mother, and searches for a way to survive. He finds a nursing mother bear and, because he's so desperate, hopes she will allow him to feed and to stay. Instead of merely getting his immediate needs met, prickly Porcupette ends up getting a family.

Porcupette Finds a Family is exactly the book you should give to adoptive parents, so they know how much the gift of parenthood and unconditional love is appreciated.

I'm going to a shelter tomorrow to adopt another cat. Do we need one? No. But I want to give just one more cat the same forever joy Porcupette found, and I know we -- me, my sons, our cats -- can offer that.

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There are a lot of words in this children's book, but it all seems to be existential inner thoughts. I think it might be difficult to keep a small child interested in something so wordy that doesn't have any rhyme or lyrical cadence to it. Perhaps if there weren't so many random facts about porcupines thrown in? The story was a cute premise, but I think that it needs a bit of reworking.

I really like the illustrations.

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This is the story about a baby porcupine who has no family but finds a new family. This is the story about the process of adoption. Really loved this one. The illustrations were adorable and cute. Such a heartfelt story!

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