Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Helen Lester
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Fluffy’s parents wanted Fluffy to stand out, so they gave him a unique name. As he gets older, Fluffy goes through a journey of trying to fit the stereotype that his name has given him. He tries everything from becoming like a cloud to soaking in the tub for a really long time, but nothing works. Ready to give up on living up to his name, he meets a rhino with an unusual name as well. After a good laugh, Fluffy realizes that he is unique and can be himself no matter how Fluffy he isn’t.
This is a great book that can be used to teach children about being themselves and being unique. Teachers and parents can help readers look deeper into the meaning of the book by analyzing the feelings that Fluffy is experiencing and how he overcomes those feelings. It would be a great book for preschool and young readers. Teachers could also use this book to teach about adjectives. The illustrations are light, fun, and add meaning to the text.