Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand

Poppy the Proud

By Emlyn Chand

Illustrated by Sarah Shaw

Genre: Children

Poppy is a peacock with an ego problem. He is the most beautiful in the park and it’s gotten to his head. When a beautiful white peacock chick named Snow arrives in the park one day, Poppy is eclipsed. Why does everyone love this new kid? How can Poppy get back the admiration he deserves?

This was a darling tale about getting over yourself. Poppy learned image isn’t everything through failed attempts to beautify himself and the humiliation that followed.

I wondered if the format that appeared on my Samsung Galaxy seven inch tablet would not provide enough picture stimulation for Corbin, but the pretty peacock-feather details helped keep his eyes entertained. I would have liked to have heard more about the festival where Poppy was covered in colored powder. Though a bird might not know the name of the festival, we humans were interested.

I really love tales of redemption! I read it to my four-year-old son, Corbin, who enjoyed the story and loved the bright pictures. He said “My best part was when the peacocks put their heads in the shirt.” The language and message were perfectly understandable to a child of only four, and were relevant to a wide range of ages. Image and appearance are such an important topic in life today with cameras in every hand, and I really appreciated reading my son the message that it’s about making others happy and caring for them, and not about being praised.

Thank you for the lovely story, Emlyn!

Book trailer – http://youtu.be/QSh1BFjO448

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GoodReads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13568454-poppy-the-proud

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3 thoughts on “Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand

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  2. Hi Kate. I’m so glad you and Corbin enjoyed Poppy. YAY! The festival in question is Holi, and it’s always been my favorite Indian holiday. Look it up on YouTube for some awesome videos. You may also be able to attend a live festival by looking into the events of your local Hindu temple. Holi is a spring event.

    Anyway, thank you so, so much!

    Em đŸ˜€

    • That sounds like a great spring celebration! It would be cool to see more info on your kids’ site, maybe a post, telling about the holiday for curious kids. It would be a great web extra especially since there are links in your book.

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