A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant (Hardcover)
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Philippa Pheasant gets a brilliant idea after seeing the school crossing guard in this sweet story about community and working together.— Rae Ann
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.
This will appeal to audiences that want the feeling of a quaint English fairy tale. . . .Traditional storytelling taken off the beaten path.
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