The term “peacocking” has taken on a new meaning to describe someone who is showing off their cool clothes.
In a Simpson episode Bart called them “fruity birds.”
Now there’s a new ebook about a white peacock, Siegfried the Weird White Peacock, It’s an intimate biography about being different, written entirely by 6- to 8-year old writers.
The book can now be downloaded at Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for pennies. Hard copies are $20 each can be ordered through http://www.lauriemercerpr.com
“He’s gross,” the other little peafowl say about him when Siegfried is first hatched. Later they chide him for his size and color, mistaking him for a baseball. The rest of them see themselves in a reflection of lovely shades of peacock blue.
As the story takes flight, Siegfried asks his mother plaintively, “Why is I white?” Mom says she has “no idea,” but the kid writers aren’t buying it. Even worse, Dad moved away when Siegfried was just a chick. Then there are the bullies, who, according to the story, make Siegfried cry under his wing, “A hundred times a day.”
Jennifer Sackett Turner, now a reading teacher in Hyde Park, Duchess County, led the class of 16 young writers to produce the ebook. Each child interpreted a collection of photographs created by Laurie Mercer who lives with Siegfried. Thanks to the school bus the kids got to visit Siegfried on the Mulligan Farm in upstate NY.
The first run of hard copies of Siegfried the Weird White Peacock was funded entirely by www.Kickstarter.com, a vibrant, go-to guide website for creative projects.
Siegfried is on Facebook as Siegfried Peacock. He values “meaningful relationships” but won’t Tweet.