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Poppy the Proud (Bird Brain Books Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Emlyn Chand , Sarah Shaw
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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: #210,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit! August 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Poppy the Proud is a wonderful picture book by Emlyn Chand.

Poor Poppy, he had always been the prettiest bird, and the one who received the most attention, until one day another beautiful bird, Snow, arrived. Suddenly, nobody seemed to care about Poppy anymore, and he was not happy. He decided that the others would like him better than Snow if he could change how he looked. But everything he tried just made the others laugh at him, making him feel even worse.

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.

The author provided a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
My daughters loved this book.. Easy reading.. Fun pictures, bright colors, storyline was easy for them to follow.. We'll read it again and again..
Published 6 months ago by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Poppy the Proud
I should have looked into the book more before buying. My fault I assumed there would colorful peacock illustrations to show my grandchildren on my Kindle HD but there were only a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maire
5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy the Proud
Bought to read to my nieces. The 3 year old and 6 year old totally loved it. It kept their attention for the entire story.
Published 6 months ago by wagsnap
4.0 out of 5 stars A good short story for nap or bedtime.
My [almost 5 year old] grandson & I liked this story a lot. We talked about being
self-centered. He said "No one will like you if you are not a nice person. Read more
Published 8 months ago by I'm Tita
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story with a moral
This book is a nice way to talk to children about bragging and being prideful. It matters more what's in your heart than what's on the outside. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miranda Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book So Far
Emylyn knocked it out the park with this innovative sparkling read. The story of Poppy and how he struts his stuff throughout the story will have both kids and adults in stitches... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sheena-kay Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy the Proud
Another very cute book with great pictures. This author has a lot of talent - as does the illustrator. Read more
Published 11 months ago by megHan
5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy the Proud is a very good ,short and sweet story with great...
I give this book five stars because I felt the author and the illustrator did such a great job here on this and their other books such as Honey the Hero that I have already read... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars True Beauty Is From Within
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?). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Story and Good Lesson
Poppy is a very proud peacock for he has always been considered the most beautiful of the flock. When an all white peacock is born, Poppy is no longer the center of attention. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Library Girl Reads
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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. Although 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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