How the Peacock Got Its Feathers

Children - Social Issues
34 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2018
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Author Biography

An avid composer of prose, Clayton always had a talent for creativity in writing.  Having been captivated by superhero characters, he recalls finding unconventional ways to entertain himself and his friends while growing up in New York City. A dedicated father and business professional, Clayton believes "How the Peacock Got Its Feathers ” speaks to his early moments at a young age when he began formulating various ways of putting his thoughts and creations on paper. Some texts were motivated by teachers; others through sheer boredom.  Now, prose and text are mostly a means of personal expression. Clayton continues to regularly pen, and encourages others to never underestimate their abilities to "exhale" onto paper as well.

Born in New York City, Cherylann has fond memories of visiting and checking out selected storybooks from the Queens Central Library. However, it is the memory of a story her older brother wrote while in elementary school that moved her to co-author "How the Peacock Got Its Feathers”.

As a result of Cherylann’s experience and work in the early childhood development and human services fields, she believes that positive early experiences contribute to establishing a firm foundation necessary for children to grow into successful and productive adults. 

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Joel is a quiet peacock with glistening white feathers who enjoys being by himself and entertained with quiet activities rather than the raucous antics enjoyed by his fellow woodland residents, Courtney and Pratt. The mischievous fox and squirrel team are famous throughout the woods for their harmful pranks and hurtful disregard for the other animals in the wood. They find fun in bullying others, especially those different from them. Joel is a perfect target for their fun.

When the neighbors learn of Courtney and Pratt destroying Baby Bear’s toy, they speak to the pranksters. Aware of the negative reaction to their actions, Courtney and Pratt decide to change their ways. But one more prank was needed. On the day of their “I’m Sorry” party, the fox and the squirrel cannot resist the urge to focus their attention on the loner Joel. Wouldn’t it be fun to change his stark white feathers into a rainbow of colors with a little bucket of paint?

In a world of backfired plans, Joel’s ruined tail feathers become the most beautiful sight in the forest. How the Peacock Got Its Feathers, written by Clayton Francis and Cherylann Francis and illustrated by Ryan Trautmann, is a story of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. Additional information about bullying is a helpful tool for both the classroom and home instruction. Beautiful illustrations illuminate the lesson, which is certain to make it a popular book in all arenas. Perfect for home and school libraries.

Mary Ann G.

A simple, yet effective story that helps children talk about their feelings and understand real life strategies to deal with bullies. The illustrations and story are beautiful!

Ariana L.

If you are going to read something, read something that has meaning. This book has so many lessons and principles that adults and children could learn from. I absolutely loved reading this book and finding the hidden messages and deeper meanings.

Teresa R.

Wonderfully done! The multiple messages in this beautiful book are so timely - most would be hard-pressed not to have felt just as poor Joel did, at one point or another in our lives. How wonderful it would be if we could all take to heart the depth of this book. It is written and illustrated with such warmth and hope.

Basil R.

Cute story for all ages about different aspects of humanity. Depending on how you view the content, you're able to take away various lessons such as bullying, determination, etc.

Genard Taylor

This book is an excellent illustration of the triumph of temperance over bullying. It should be read in every home and every school.


It's really good! It addresses bullying and a variety of issues. The message is good to have out there.