Hootch the spotted hyena wants to travel to new lands and explore far away continents, but his parents tell him it is too dangerous to travel alone to an unknown place. Hootch then gets angry and throws a fit as he howls and screams in his room. It's not fair Why can't I travel and see my cousins? Hootch wonders. After sulking for a while, Hootch realizes he acted poorly to his parents, who love him and tried to protect him. It is then Hootch must seek their forgiveness and apologize. Author Karen Meyer worked with preschoolers for a number of years and also as a program coordinator. She wrote songs and dramas for her classes and taught Christian education, along with Sunday school for many years. Karen lives in Plymouth, Wisconsin with her husband. They have three adult children and eleven grandchildren.