Saturday, January 4, 2014

REVIEW: Poppy the Proud

Poppy the Proud
Series: Bird Brain Books
By: Emlyn Chand
Illustrator: Sarah Shaw

Genre: Children's
Publication date: 8.5.2012
Pages: 44

Date read: 1.1.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Evolved Publishing brings you the third of the BIRD BRAIN BOOKS by Emlyn Chand, "Poppy the Proud." This children's picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Sarah Shaw, is perfect for kids 4-6 years old.

Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What's a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

My thoughts

Another very cute book with great pictures.  This author has a lot of talent - as does the illustrator.  Peacocks are my favorite birds (which is what made me pick up the book in the first place) and this one learns that there's no reason to be jealous because he's perfect just the way he is - and makes a new friend.  Beautiful and well-written story.

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