‘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?
‘What’s Troubling Tawny?’ is wonderfully, uplifting storybook that encourages children to feel positive about themselves, whether it be physically or their personality. Through Tawny and Tallulah’s friendship, Tawny is reminded to cherish herself no matter what she looks like. This serves as a great value to treasure, not only to young readers, but to anyone of any age and background. The storybook features amazing and unique oil-like paintings that accurately capture the creatures' expressions and the overgrown jungle of their surroundings. Moreover, paired with the drawings, its writing is lucid and well-worded for children to easily understand. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone drawn by its distinct art style and well-written themes of friendship and self-confidence.