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Poppy the Proud (Bird Brain Books Book 3) by [Chand, Emlyn]
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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: 4036 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (August 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TGN4DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 couple of small thumbprint size illustrations.
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This is the complete review as it appears ( at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV.

I reviewed Vicky Finds a Valentine by this author (a little late, I'm afraid!) and liked it, and so it was fun to find another of her that I also liked. Sarah Shaw's artwork in this is truly outstanding, way beyond what you'd normally find in a children's book, which begs the question why? I know children are somewhat less demanding (or perhaps more accurately, more understanding) than adults, but that's no reason to short the short guys!

So what's going on here then? Well, Poppy is someone you have doubtlessly run across in your life - although hopefully not while maneuvering farm machinery. It's someone who struts around thinking they own the place, looking proud and loud, disdainful of everyone. Pea-birds aren't actually like this of course, especially the females. They're charming and very personable, and any one of them will tell you how affronted they feel by our attitude towards them, but just as people have variations in their behaviors, so too do pea-birds, both cocks and hens, and I'm sure there are one or two who fit the bill, and for whom we foot the bill.

One of these is Poppy, who is so focused on his own appearance that he can't see anything but himself - until, that is, a white pea-bird shows up and begins drawing all the attention away from Poppy. Poppy's response is rather like the tango between the USA and the USSR during the cold war - each side trying to one-up the other until things are completely out of control.
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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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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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