Groundwood Books

The King of the Birds

Illustrated by Natalie Nelson • Written by Acree Macam

For students in grades K - 2 | Published September 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554988518

Cover of The King of the Birds

Regular price $17.95 CAD

32 pages | 10 in × 8.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

The King of the Birds

Natalie Nelson • Acree Macam

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.

About the Creators

Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson’s illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the illustrator of The King of the Birds by Acree Graham Macam, which Booklist reviewed as “nothing short of charming.” She has also illustrated A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Foreword, and Uncle Holland by JonArno Lawson, described by School Library Journal as “sophisticated yet playful.” Natalie lives in Atlanta.

Acree Macam

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

Awards and Praise
  • Commended A Children's Book All Young Georgians Should Read, 2017
  • Commended Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick, 2016
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