Monday, December 17, 2012

Poppy the Proud ~ A Bird Brain Book written by Emlyn Chand, illustrated by Sarah Shaw

About Book 

 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.

About Author

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her 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 for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!


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My Thoughts

Poppy is a beautiful peacock and is very pampered. His audience of fans follow him around complimenting him on his beauty. They bring gifts him gifts. He has come to expect all this attention until one day no one seemed to even notice him.  

Everyone was staring at a snow white peacock.  Snow White was so graceful.  What was so attractive about a white peacock when he had so many colors on him to admire?  

He decided to add to his beauty by adding things like people in the park were wearing like a pink scarf and silver bangle bracelets so everyone would be sure to notice him.  But everyone laughed at him, that is except for Snow White.  

One can be proud of themselves without becoming conceited.  He was so busy admiring himself he could not see the beauty in anyone else.   This sometimes happens to superstars they get so use to all the attention and then when that attention fades because of their conceit no one seems to have anything nice to say about them.  As the saying goes "Pride goeth before the fall".  Luckily he listened to some good advice from Snow White. 

To find out what advice Snow White gave Poppy you will have to read the book.  A very good book indeed!

The illustrations are beyond amazing they depict the story to the point you would not need the words to know what the story is about.  But the combination of author's wise words and illustrations bring forth a beautiful children's book that will also teach your child the perils of pride.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5 

I received a free copy of this book from Evolved Publishing for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Awww, this is my favorite review of Poppy yet! I love the rating graphic, and I'm so glad YOU loved the book. Can't wait to send you the next one :-D



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