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Porcupette Finds a Family Hardcover – October 25, 2010
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Porcupette Finds a Family, is a story about how a baby porcupine (called a porcupette) finds a new family after losing his mother. He wants to have an attachment to the bear family he finds, but is afraid his “bear” mother and “bear” brother and sister will leave him too. This causes him to act out his fears in
ways that jeopardize acceptance from his adopted family. However, with the understanding and help of Mother Bear, Porcupette finally accepts that he is truly loved and wanted despite, or maybe because of, his differences.
About the Author
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. Vanita and her husband Jim were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She was the Congressional Angels in Adoption award recipient for the State of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS Society in 2008. Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the United Way.
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Porcupette misses her birthmother terribly, and constantly worries that Mother Bear will discard her. When she is afraid, she sticks out her quills; she hurts her siblings and Mother Bear, and is ~certain~ that this will make Mother Bear leave her, but instead Mother Bear soothes everyone's hurts and cuddles them to sleep. Sometimes Mother Bear even gets angry, but then reaches out to Porcupette afterward; sometimes Porcupette considers that Mother Bear's love might actually be real. Eventually she realizes that if she is not afraid, she won't hurt her new family, and can love them as much as they love her.
I wish we had discovered this book before my daughter was 18, because there is a lot of truth in its simple words.
Porcupette is very afraid that the bear family might go away and not come back also, and in her fear she gets all prickly with her new adoptive family. Time after time Mother Bear is patient with her, goes after her when she runs away, and still loves her even as she is having to pull quills out of her own mouth and paws. It is a wonderful picture of the attachment in an adoptive family. Can I give this one SIX stars out of five? I loved it so much!
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.