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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.