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A Bird Brain Book: Poppy the Proud (A Peacock Learns a Lesson in India) (Bird Brain Books Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Emlyn Chand , Lane Diamond , Sarah Shaw
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 44 pages
  • Series: Bird Brain Books (Book 3)
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Book Description

Poppy the Proud by Emlyn Chand (Illustrated by Sarah Shaw)

Evolved Publishing brings you the third of the charming and colorful Bird Brain Books series. This children's picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Sarah Shaw, is sure to bring great fun and the joy of reading to kids 3 years old and up. [DRM-Free]

[Children’s Picture Books, Birds, Animals, Values, Self-Esteem, Friendship, India]

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.

Discover the Full Bird Brain Books Series

  • Honey the Hero
  • Davey the Detective
  • Poppy the Proud
  • Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating
  • Courtney Saves Christmas
  • Vicky Finds a Valentine
  • Izzy the Inventor
  • Ricky the Runt
  • Larry the Lonely
  • Sammy Steals the Show
  • Polly Wants to be a Pirate


What others are saying about the Bird Brain Books by Emlyn Chand

Poppy the Proud: "Poppy the Proud has so many great lessons in it - including teaching children that everyone is special and beautiful in their own way. The writing is perfect for the younger age set, and the beautiful illustrations by Sarah Shaw will help keep your little one engaged. My 5 year old loved it and reading Poppy brought about a conversation about bragging, friendship, and being special." – Karen Toz

Courtney Saves Christmas: "This book is so stinkin' cute. My kiddos loved it. The illustrations [by Noelle Giffin] are fun and really captivated my 4 and 5 year old. I love that Courtney's adventure began because she wanted to say, "thank you." What a great message to send during the holidays. I have a feeling this book will be read long after Christmas has come and gone." – Delphina “Delphina Reads Too Much”

Vicky Finds a Valentine: “This children's book is so cute and really let's young children know what being friends is all about. The illustrations, done once again by Noelle Giffin, lend a nice touch to a great book. This book is for the younger set up to about 9 years old. I highly recommend this book to be in any child's library. Both thumbs up!” – Naila Moon

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Whether you've read my books in the past or are still trying to decide whether they're something you'd like to read, I'm glad you're here. It's readers like you that have made all my crazy dreams--you know the ones that everyone said were impossible--come true. You are the ones who keep me writing, keep me inspired, keep me sane. And for that, I owe you a gigantic thank you.

You see, I started writing as a way to feel a little less lonely in this far too impersonal world. Since then, I've made it my mission to write and talk about the issues facing today's youth, the issues that are often overlooked in entertainment because they're conceived as gritty, taboo, or simply "too depressing."

In the Farsighted Series, I tackle topics like racism, self-esteem and eating disorders, physical disabilities, and teen substance abuse.

In the Bird Brain Books, the lessons are far simpler--remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you, know that who you are is what makes you special rather than what you look like, appreciate love, friendship, and beauty where ever you can find it.

I've connected with some amazing people who share my same outlook on today's literary landscape, and I've made fantastic friends in the process. At the end of the day, I love hearing from people who've read my books, and I welcome emails, Facebook messages, tweets--any way you'd like to get in touch with me, it just makes my day.

Every now and then, I like to reach out to readers with free Advance Review Copies or other giveaways on my site, and I'm planning to do so much more of that in 2013. To keep up with these opportunities, please come on over and subscribe to my newsletter at

You can also email me at or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. I look forward to hearing from you!

About the Author

About the Author:  Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand-and that's totally a true story. When she's not writing, Emlyn runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and serves as the president of Novel Publicity. She also writes Young Adult novels, so remember her when you're all grown-up and looking for something new to read!

About the Illustrator:  Sarah Shaw is an artist from North Carolina with her head in the clouds and a pencil in her hand. She lives her life for the experience and to bring vision to books, video games, and movies. She has her family, friends, and professors to thank for their love, support, and wisdom.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3458 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (August 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TGN4DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for ALL Ages August 8, 2012
By M Knits
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a treat for young and old alike. It will be a great read-aloud for your younger children, as well as a fun read for you. As a Grandma, reading it by myself today, I could not stop smiling and shaking my head in the affirmative as I read.

Poppy struts around with an air of entitlement, knowing he is the most beautiful peacock. Then, he is joined in the garden by Snow, a graceful, all-white peacock, who is also kind and friendly. Poppy shows great focus and determination as he tries various ways to have all the attention once again for himself. I do not want to say any more about the story line. I would much rather you read and enjoy the book for yourself.

This is an engaging story, with delightful illustrations, and valuable life lessons. Emlyn Chand is a very gifted writer who is able, in this book, to share knowledge of the Indian culture and teach us all some life lessons while delightfully entertaining young and old.

If you are a reader who does not typically read the Dedication in a book, please do yourself a favor and read this one. This is not your usual dedication to parents, friends, significant others, and editors. Again, I do not want to give it away, but let me say that I can hear the children's voices and picture their actions. That is how well written this Dedication is!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Lesson November 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read all the Bird Brain books to my daughter, who is 3, so obviously I'm a fan. I love the illustration and the life lessons using birds and other animals you don't normally see in books for the younger set. My daughter asks me about the animals, I get to answer questions, and read her the story.

This one was great because who doesn't know a Poppy? Whether it's at work, or in high school, everyone knows someone who thinks too highly of themselves or uses their looks to get what they want. It's timeless, even in kids books, TV.

This one is nice because Snow (Poppy's supposed rival) knows Poppy is feeling insecure and helps Poppy to feel better. Rather than making fun of Poppy she gets him to understand that Poppy is beautiful just as he is.

And that's a powerful message to teach young kids. Because if they can learn it when they are young, maybe it'll stick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect pairing August 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I volunteered to be an advance reviewer of this after getting to do the same from the previous book in this children's series. Poppy is the last of the initial trilogy of Bird Brain Books. If they do well, you can expect to see many more to come for early readers.

This one tells the story of Poppy the Peacock. He's proud of his appearance and is shocked when another animal comes along and takes the spotlight from him. Through a series of attention-getting attempts, Poppy learns lessons in humility and having a good sense of humor.

Chand once again weaves those life lessons into a charming story that will be an enjoyable read for parents and kids alike. Combined with the wonderful illustrations by Shaw, the book is a must-have for any little ones in the house. Also in the series: Honey the Hero and Davey the Detective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Lesson September 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's difficult sometimes to Show kids the effects of pride. We want them to have self-confidence, but where do you draw the line?

I read this book with my sassy redheaded 11 year old. She has confidence to spare, but sometimes I fear it bleeds over into pride. For a long time, I've been struggling to show her the difference between the two... with little luck. That's where Poppy came in.

We enjoyed reading about this struting young peacock, but it was more than just entertainment. We also spent time discussing what pride meant, and how always needing to be the center of attention can lead to not recognizing the beauty and talent of the people around us.

It was a wonderful lesson about life for my daughter... and for me.

Thank you, Emlyn, for a beautiful story and a very special moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdie Fun! August 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Poppy the Proud is the first book I have ever read by the author, but I have been around birds all my life. I am very familiar with peafowl since my grandfather had a a couple. Everyone can relate to our feathered friend when we have made made fools of ourselves or have seen other do it for the sake of pride.

The reader could almost learn a second lesson: to laugh with others when they are laughing at you.

Poppy could be a wonderful comedian. Making people smile is also a mark of greatness!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFULLY REFRESHING! August 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The title of the series - "A Bird Brain Book" was the first clue that I was in for a good story. Cleverly written and nicely illustrated with some of the pictures even making me chuckle, "Poppy the Proud" is a cute book that will entertain children and whoever reads it to them. The dedication was lovely and the story was a delightfully refreshing look into the Indian culture.

This book was sent to me for review.

~Nancy Jill Thames
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a darling tale about getting over yourself September 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story - Great message!
Emlyn Chand creates a wonderful story with an important message. Poppy is a proud peacock, but like many people Poppy let his ego get in the way of what is really important. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lisa Tortorello
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice children's book. Good story and moral teaching opportunity
Published 11 days ago by Jennifer Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars they enjoyed it.
bought it for the grandkids, they enjoyed it.
Published 16 days ago by GothicPoohBear
4.0 out of 5 stars but the story overall was good.
A couple of the pages were blank, void of art, but the story overall was good.
Published 21 days ago by Savvy Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great deal
Published 22 days ago by Shanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice children's story, we all need a reminder to be humble sometimes!
Published 1 month ago by busymom2
5.0 out of 5 stars Be your authentic self
Why try to keep up with the Kardashians or constantly comparing ourselves to others? This charming short children's book teaches us that we can be authentic yet interesting by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary E. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter really enjoyed me reading this to her
My daughter really enjoyed me reading this to her, it shows that there is no need to change your apperance to please others and to be kind
Published 1 month ago by stephanie Ebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great book to teach kids and adults that being yourself is what is important.
Published 1 month ago by Susy-Q
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not poppycock!
This is the complete review as it appears ( at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic! Read more
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More About the Author

Emlyn Chand was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Novel Publicity's mascot is a sun conure, thanks to her obsession with birds-and she gets to decide anyway since she is the company's founder and president. Her first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm. Learn more or connect with her (or her Sun Conure, Ducky!) on either of her author websites: or or via Tsu, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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