The King of the Birds

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/13/2016
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books

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In this picture book, inspired by the life of Flannery O’Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl goes to great lengths to encourage the peacock to display his plumage — she throws him a party, lets him play in the fig tree, feeds him flowers and stages a parade — all to no avail.

Then she finally stumbles on the perfect solution. When she introduces the queen of the birds — a peahen — to her collection, the peacock immediately displays his glorious shimmering tail.

This delightful story, full of humor and heart, celebrates the legacy of a great American writer.
Includes an author’s note about Flannery O’Connor.

Author Biography

Acree Graham Macam is an advertising copywriter and the winner of Emory University’s Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts for creative writing. This is her first picture book.

Natalie Nelson’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, New York Magazine and the Washington Post. This is her first picture book.

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