Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recently Read - Poppy the Proud (A Bird Brain Book) by Emlyn Chand

Poppy the Proud
(A Bird Brain Book)
by
Emlyn Chand (author)
Sarah Shaw (illustrator)





Today we have a children's story.  
T.M. Roy, author of Discovery - A Far Out Romance, Convergence -- Journey to Nyorfias Book 1, Gravity - Journey to Nyorfias, Book 2, recommends Poppy the Proud (A Bird Brain Book).   

T.M. writes:
 “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.”

This delightful book was picked up on a whim when I saw it on a bargain book listing and checked out the Look Inside sample at Amazon. I love a well told tale, no matter what age group it’s for, and not ashamed to say I relish reading children’s books with the same zeal I’d read one for people “my age”. Having young nieces, nephews, and a great-niece now, I am also forever on the lookout for wholesome books and movies to share with them.
 
This book is perfect as a read aloud and can also be enjoyed by all ages, in my opinion.
Poppy is a very proud, vain, and popular Indian blue peacock who lives in a park. I am assuming he lives in India due to the subtle references to the other animals in the park: cows, monkeys, and Indian ringneck parrots; a woman in a sari, and an offbeat reference to the Indian holy day called “Holi”, which is a festival of colors. This delighted me: an animal story set in the actual native land of the animal, what an opening for a bunch of teachable moments! Animals, culture, other traditions, geography—wonderful!
 
Poppy’s popularity is threatened by the arrival of another peacock to the flock. All of a sudden he feels invisible, unpopular, and his attempts to get the others to notice him again tugged at me with sympathy and laughter. Many of us can relate to this. I know I did!
 
The story gently sends a much needed message: what makes you attractive and popular is what’s inside--your good heart, your kindness, and how you treat others. And it sends this message brilliantly. Not only does this book get five stars and two thumbs up from me, but I’ll be picking up the other books in the Bird Brain series, too."

Description

August 5, 2012
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.
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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.

 

 
Bonus Recommendation from T.M. Roy:
Anna - A Farewell to Juarez
by
   Sara V. Olds 
 

Description

December 6, 2009
Although she has to work hard to help her family, eight-year-old Anna loves having fun. But her ordered, peaceful life becomes full of fear and uncertainty as the Mexican Revolution brings some of Pancho Villa's army to her hometown of Juarez. Strange and scary things start to happen. One day, soldiers even point a cannon at their school while all the kids are in class!

Anna and her family might be forced to leave their home. Will life ever be the same again?

This is based on the true story of the author's grandmother.


 

 
 

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