A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant

A Practical Present for Philippa Pheasant
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August 22, 2023
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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.

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I liked that Philippa Pheasant saw a problem and when others did not solve it, she came up with her own solution. She was not whiny or apathetic. I like her proactive solution that made a difference. This would be a great introduction for children to the idea of community volunteerism, entrepreneurship, or activism. She made a difference that was positive and made the community safer. I like at the end that her solution is spreading to others as well. The illustrations were warm and endearing to help convey the emotions of the characters. This was a sweet book with a great message. I would love to see this book linked to a project where children assess the needs of their own community and brainstorm ways to make it safer and better for all.
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