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Grade 2 Books Overview

Enemy Pie - Derek Munson

Hey, Little Ant - Phillip & Hannah Hoose

Pinduli - Janell Cannon

The Summer My Father was Ten - Pat Brisson


A Ball For All - Brigitte Weninger (Discontinued)

Bat's Big Game - Margaret Read Macdonald (Discontinued)

Pinduli – Janell Cannon


Written by Janell Cannon


This book focuses on respect and responsibility to your friends and all your peers. Pinduli’s mother has always told her that she’s the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don’t think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Pinduli just wants to disappear, and she tries everything she can think of to make that happen. Yet nothing goes her way. Nothing, that is, until she triggers a surprising chain of events. From the creator of Stellaluna, this is a story about a young hyena who shows the creatures of the African savanna how a few tiny words – bad or good – can create something enormous.


  • exquisite
  • shrimpy one
  • scoffed
  • erupted with laughter
  • tongues lolling
  • rumbling voice came from the scrub
  • prickly fringe
  • symmetry
  • atrocious crime
  • wrath
  • discord
  • insulting
  • garish
  • scrounging
  • tormentors
  • ravenous
  • scrounging
  • meager

Characters in the Story (pictures cards provided)

  • Hyena
  • Cape Hunting Dog
  • African Lion
  • Zebra
  • Wildebeests
  • Fennec Fox
  • Serval Cat
  • Marabou Stork
  • Vulture
  • African Eagle Owl
  • Adder Snake


Discussion Topics

Before Reading

  • The setting of the story is East Africa. Using the world map provided, point out the setting of the story.
  • Focus on introducing the hyena. What do we know about the hyena in general? What do we want to know about the hyena? Explain that hyenas look a lot like dogs in many ways. They come from a unique family called the Hyaenidae. Within this family, there are four species: Striped, Spotted, Brown, and Aardwolf.

During Reading

  • How do you think Hyena felt after the comments by the Wild dogs? By the Lion? By the Zebra? How do we know that’s how she felt?
  • In what ways were these animals hurtful to Hyena?
  • What do you think of Hyena’s plan of having all the animals put things right?

After Reading

  • Talk to the students about how someone else’s words might cause them to become angry or sad, resulting in them having a bad day. Discuss the kinds of things that happen when someone is having a bad day. Talk about how no harm is meant when people have a bad day.


Fin’s Tales – Can You Help?

Just like there are lots of different animals in Africa, there are lots of different species of fish and mammals in the ocean where I come from. For the most part, we all get along great. But sometimes I just have a bad day and can be grumpy towards others. By the next day my grumpiness has gone away and everything’s back to good.

  • Have you ever had a bad day?
  • How did you feel?
  • Why do you think you felt like that?
  • Did you accidentally hurt someone’s feelings because you were having a bad day?
  • What are some good things to do if you accidentally hurt someone’s feelings?


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