Porcupine has low self-esteem, feels a little down, and pushes his friends away. To feel better, he decides to build a gathering place where his friends can congregate but he becomes distracted and self-absorbed and things quickly go wrong. With the demise of his friends Porcupine realizes that what is really important is not what is best only for him but also for his friends and relatives. This Canadian picture book, with engaging illustrations, focuses on self-esteem, mental health, and mindfulness, and can be used as a read-aloud to promote discussion and exploration of identity, feelings, and physical, emotional, and mental health.
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