A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant (Hardcover)

A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant By Briony May Smith, Briony May Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A plucky pheasant is determined to make her forest home safer for all in this charming story for budding community activists.

Philippa Pheasant lives in the woods near a village, and every afternoon she crosses Old Oak Road to peck at the delicious blackberries that grow on the other side. But every afternoon some vehicle whizzes past and nearly knocks her flat as a pancake. Philippa has had enough! Hedgehog suggests she write a letter to the mayor, and as Philippa waits for a response, she spots something interesting: a lady in a yellow uniform standing in the middle of the road. And all the cars are stopping! Inspired, Philippa sets out to make herself a bright outfit, complete with a sign, to become Old Oak Road’s very own crossing guard. Can she help all her critter friends safely find their way? Enchanting bucolic artwork enhances this sweet tale of changing the world for the better, one little crossing at a time.

About the Author

Briony May Smith grew up in Sandhurst in Berkshire, England, playing with her younger brother and sister. She is the illustrator of many books, including Stardust by Jeanne Willis and Tooth Fairy in Training by Michelle Robinson. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, folklore, and life in the country. Briony May Smith lives in Devon, England.

Praise For…

The story’s pace is steady­, never rushed, but always gives kids time to explore the details within the illustrations. . . With a pleasing story and engaging illustrations, this picture book is a pleasure to read aloud.

This will appeal to audiences that want the feeling of a quaint English fairy tale. . . .Traditional storytelling taken off the beaten path.
—Kirkus Reviews

Philippa Pheasant demonstrates the “power of one” to a small community in this heartwarming story. . . will endear readers as they learn that anyone, regardless of age, can be a part of the solution when confronting community needs. This is the perfect choice to begin a classroom discussion on citizenship and community activism.
—School Library Connection

Smith’s appealing and uplifting story shows how one individual, even a small one, can make a difference. . . the mixed-media illustrations in mainly browns and greens depict an idyllic countryside setting. The skillful variation of spot art, full-page illustrations, and spreads helps build excitement.
—The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9781536228489
ISBN-10: 1536228486
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English