Disgruntled, they approach the first full spring moon for advice. Birds of all shapes and sizes attend the meeting. Everyone except Peacock. He arrives on the scene late, to find his friends covered with warm, colorful feathers. “Look at Peacock! He’s still naked!” All the birds stare at poor Peacock trembling in the cold night air. What will Peacock and his friends do? Find out in this beautiful and charming pourquoi story about kindness.
Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules blends folktale motifs from around the world to offer an original explanation for why the peacock has such beautiful feathers. An appendix provides more information about peacocks. Helen Cann’s stunning illustrations give young readers fun opportunities to identify the colors and plant life of spring. Feathers for Peacock is a gently humorous tale of generosity and friendship.
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Helen Cann’s illustrations have graced the pages of almost thirty books.She has won several international awards,including theNautilus Award and Junior Library Guild Award for Little LeapForward and New York’s Bank Street College award for Brigid’sCloak.Her books have been exhibited around the world.She loves to travel and has seen the Northern Lights, slept in an igloo, eaten reindeer with Sami herders, and journeyed 1,300 miles in a sailing boat across the North Atlantic searching for whales. Having painted in studios of all shapes and sizes, she now stirs up inspiration above the sugary smells of a milkshake shop in seaside Brighton, UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Many peoples and cultures have legends about birds and how they got their wings, or their chirp, or their feathers. It is interesting to read or hear these stories that have been passed down from generation to generation throughout the centuries. In Feathers for Peacock we have an original story by a contemporary author, Jacqueline Jules, and beautifully illustrated by Helen Cann. It is not a folk-tale but it reads like one. Ms. Jules has created her own story. In the back of the book she also shares some fun facts about peacocks. Now about the book.... The story opens back when all the birds had no feathers and they were all sad. And then the moon helped and they all got beautiful feathers...... except...... Peacock. And he was sad. When Moon saw he was so sad and the other birds as well, they all joined in sharing feathers of their own (not Moon, of course) so Peacock could have feathers. But they were a messy mess of feathers. Then Moon said he'd fix it. Peacock got his feathers and was proud and happy. The others had been kind and had shared. The legend type of story is gentle and sweet and will teach valuable lessons to little ones with whom the book is shared. This lovely book will be a good addition to school and home libraries. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. I was not compensated.
Are you looking for a way to teach your small children about being kind to others? Then this book will be the one to get for them. It tells a story of how birds started out with no feathers. They hid underground to stay warm and all came out in the morning except the peacock. They birds spoke with the moon when it was full and were told how to get clothed. Every kind of bird did except the peacock. He finally awoke when he heard the other partying. They all noticed and tried to help by each giving peacock a feather. It was a mess. The moon noticed and sent moonbeams to help. The moral is if we all work together, we can accomplish the task. "I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."
The peacock, with his multicolored tail, is a perfect subject for Jacqueline Jules’ children’s story, and a delightful study for Helen Cann’s illustrations. Naked and featherless, he hides with other birds through the winter’s cold and longs for clothes. But the way this peacock gets his robes is pleasingly different, as the author tells an enjoyable story of friends helping friends, mess turned to success, and kindness proving more important than superficial beauty. The lesson is wise for children and adults, and the writing is simple and clear, with large text, smooth sentences, and pleasingly natural dialog. Bright illustrations fit and add to the story beautifully, from recognizable naked birds to the curiously stylized moon and a feathery jumble. Intriguingly imaginative, the story and images invite small children to pore over nature and guess what colors might have come from where. Then an enjoyable afterword details the facts about real peacocks to inspire continuing interest. Wholly new, but warmly flavored with the sense of world-wide myths, Feathers for a Peacock is a fun, wise story that begs to be read aloud, with illustrations to delight at every visit – highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a copy by the publisher and I offer my honest review.