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“Teaches kids that it is okay to be different and to be proud of who you are. Even though there will be those who make fun of you, sometimes standing up for them is the right thing to do.”
Phil is a duck who believes in taking care of himself and others, and most other ducks adore him because of his pride and generosity. However, a group of foul-mouthed fowl called the Rockheads despise him and can’t understand why Phil spends so much time taking care of his colorful crown of feathers. One night they decide to teach him a lesson and do their best to ruin Phil’s self-confidence.
But it doesn’t work! Phil’s self-esteem only grows as he continues to look and act his best. Just when the Rockheads are ready to launch another attack, a dangerous encounter with an alligator occurs. Phil saves the day with his fabulous feathers, and the Rockheads are forced to admit that there are many good reasons to take care of yourself.
About the Author
Author Frank Blazek holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Loyola University of Chicago and a master’s degree in educational administration from Dominican University. A former principal, teacher, and commodities trader, Mr. Blazek is currently working on his superintendent’s endorsement and doctorate in educational leadership.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Wes Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Southeastern Louisiana University and his master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Thomas’s first children’s book, Down the Crawfish Hole, was also published by Pelican.
PHIL AND HIS FABULOUS FEATHERS
By Frank Blazek
Illustrated by Wes Thomas
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3