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.
I always feel good about letting my kids read when I know they are learning something in the process. This was a very cute story about a very proud peacock who gets taken down a few pegs. Poppy has to learn the hard way that beauty is more then skin deep. He becomes jealous of a new bird in his area, but discovers that Snow is a great friend to be had. Snow is nice to Poppy and helps him when everyone else just laughs. I loiked the short sweet lesson in this story. The illustrations were bright and beautiful also. 5/5!
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn
enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!
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