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Posted December 26, 2013
Another great "bird brain" book from Emlyn Chand. The book's theme will resonate with children who struggle with self-esteem (and which child does not from time to time?). Children will be reminded that true beauty is not outward but what is inside. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is clear and sweet. Parents can feel good sharing the story with their children, and early readers will find this story quite readable.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted November 24, 2013
Posted December 20, 2012
Poppy the Proud is another bird book by Emlyn Chand that is designed to help teach children some lesson in a fun way. This particular story is about being too prideful. Poppy is a peacock. We mostly associate such words as regal, proud, elegant, and beautiful to peacocks because of their unique feathers, bright colors, and strut. Emlyn has used the image of a peacock to portray what happens when you are too proud and "expect" certain things to happen. Poppy was always adored and other animals in his park fawned all over him to give him whatever he desired. This had been the way things were his entire life until a solid white peacock showed up one day. In one day, all the other animals seemed to forget that Poppy existed. Well you can guess that Poppy was not happy about this. He decided that he needed to change his appearance in order to gain their attention once again. He tries a couple of changes that all result in him being a laughing stock, damaging his pride even more than being ignored. The result? Well Snow, the white peacock, eventually shows him that beauty is something that is really on the inside. He was beautiful on the outside before, but Poppy really needed to learn how to be beautiful on the inside. In other words, he needed to be less proud. Poppy learns his lesson and also makes a new friend. It's a very cute book. I love the art that appears in these books very much. I think kids of a wide variety of ages will find the story entertaining and perhaps learn the lesson as well.
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Posted December 17, 2012
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 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.