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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?

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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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Poppy is a little porcupine who lives in the Sumatran rainforest. But, Poppy had a problem. It was hard for her to make friends, because she always scared them away. When Poppy was startled, she scared off other animals with her quills and hisses. One day a little tiger cub named Rory came upon Poppy and was curious. Poppy reacted to Rory by arching her quills, hissing, and throwing bark pieces at him.

Rory ran and ran. Poppy started to cry. She was so sad, because she didn’t mean to scare the little tiger. She looked all day until she found Rory. They both got to know each other and became friends. All of a sudden a jeep came into the rainforest and stopped when they saw the animals. The people jumped out, grabbed Rory, and sped off. Poppy was so frightened! But, what could she do to help Rory now? Children will enjoy this beautifully illustrated book that teaches about animals and friendship.

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