What's Troubling Tawny?
What's Troubling Tawny?
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Tawny longs to make friends with another rhino, but her shyness holds her back. When she meets a hornbill called Tallulah, she is surprised to learn that she has a lot in common with the beautiful birds. Will Tawny find a way to overcome her shyness, and can Tallulah help her find a companion?

Book Details


  • Picture book

Age Level: 

  • 5 - 8
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Tawny, a shy rhinoceros, has a blast splashing in the Sumatran rainforest mud puddles every day, but lately she realizes it would be even more fun if she had someone to splash with. That’s when the outgoing Tallulah shows up. Tallulah is a bold and beautiful rhinoceros hornbill, but unlike Tawny, Tallulah is not shy and she does not like getting muddy. Even though Tawny likes Tallulah, she needs a friend who loves playing in mud puddles just as she does. Will Tawny’s shyness prevent her from making that friend?

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‘What’s Troubling Tawny?’ tells the story of a shy, baby Sumatran rhinoceros, Tawny, who starts off the tale splashing and playing around in a muddy swamp. While griming in the mud, Tawny realizes that playing in mud might be even more fun with someone else. Right after the thought, an outgoing rhinoceros hornbill, Tallulah, glides down, and they soon both connect through their similar horns. Tawny opens up to Tallulah about her wish to have a friend to play with, in spite of her shy nature. How might the two go about Tawny’s hindering problem?

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