A second unobtrusively philosophical fable about Hugh Pine, a porcupine whose friends count on him to solve their problems. Hugh, whose home is a pine tree on the Maine coast, longs to live on the tiny island he can see from his treetop--in that ""good place"" he would be blissfully alone with his thoughts, free from his loving but importunate neighbors. Not surprisingly, a brief sojourn on the island, even though it's idyllic, is enough to make Hugh value companionship and return willing to fill his role of advisor to all. Wise, gruff, but unable to resist helping a friend who asks, Hugh is a winning character; his pungent conversations abound with succinct but gentle truths. Munsinger's deftly witty pen drawings, reflecting the text to perfection, are generously sprinkled throughout. Fine to read aloud; easy enough to read alone as a first-chapter book.