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Naked Birds? Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules

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Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules book review and Extension Activities
Did you know that birds used to not have feathers? Learn the story via Feathers for Peacock by Jacqueline Jules; a beautiful tale of a collection of animals and their kindness
They used to be naked, while all the other animals got to walk around with fur–how is that fair? So they decide to talk to the full moon, who is supposed to be wise and kind and will surely be able to help them with their problem. When they talk to the moon, she tells them that all they have to do is rub up against a plant at dawn, and their feathers will bloom. So that’s exactly what they do. The plants they chose gave them their color. All did this…except the peacock. He missed his opportunity.
The birds, feeling a sense of community, decided to share their new feathers with their friend the peacock. Each gave one of their feathers to create a warm but mismatched coat. The moon helped the peacock and gave him a beautiful plume of feathers that highlighted the kindness of his friends.

This story is a beautiful tale of a collection of animals and their kindness. I love the unique description of how the different birds came across the colors that we know them for. And I especially love the twist on the representation of peacocks. Their elaborate display of feathers are typically known for vanity, but this story recreates a peacock’s feathers to represent kindness. The illustrations are beautiful and complement this unique story.
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About the Author:
Welcome to
Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules blends folktale motifs from around the world to offer an original explanation for why the peacock has such beautiful feathers. An appendix provides more information about peacocks. Helen Cann’s stunning illustrations give young readers fun opportunities to identify the colors and plant life of spring. Feathers for Peacock is a gently humorous tale of generosity and friendship. Jacqueline has many, many amazing books and has been an Author Sponsor during Multicultural Children’s Book Day since Day One. We completely appreciate her talent and her ability to create beautiful stories that kids love to read!
Connect with Jacqueline via her website, Facebook and Twitter
Something To Do
1. Make your own peacock with this craft from
2. This book is all about kindness, correct? So let’s remember ARK – Acts of Random Kindness. We should try to remember to do an act of random kindness everyday. So here are some ideas!
    And if you want to become more involved, check out this website:
3. Enjoy some quiet time/coloring time (for both adults and kids!) with these free Peacock Coloring Pages from
Feathers for Peacock

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