The Story of a Peacock who Followed a Boy Home

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An Amusing Picture Book to be Featured at an International Show Book Exhibit

Grandma, what would happen if the peacock followed us home?

In the Xlibris release If A Peacock Follows You Home, author La Verne Olsen shares a story inspired by her grandchild’s adventure at the zoo. During a trip to the zoo, a peacock followed her grandchild, Matthew, all day. When they got home, the little boy asked, “Grandma, what would happen if the peacock followed us home?” It was the beginning of the first children’s story that would soon be followed by more.

In If A Peacock Follows You Home, Matthew and his grandma were having a fun day at the zoo. Matthew was learning all about different animals—their habits, their food, and why there are certain rules in the zoo. Suddenly, a peacock appeared looking for something to eat. Matthew fed him popcorn that his grandmother bought from the stand. The big bird ate the popcorn until it was all gone. Soon, it was time to go home. What Matthew and his grandma didn’t know is that the peacock had jumped onto the roof of the car and came home with them. Can the little boy keep the beautiful bird as his pet? After all, it did follow him home. . .

Readers will find out how what happened after the peacock followed Matthew home in this endearingly illustrated and engaging read by Olsen. Also included are other short stories for children, some told by the author’s grandchildren, themselves. Kids and parents will surely enjoy reading these wonderful tales over and over.

This book will be featured in the Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 6-10, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
La Verne Olsen is a retired medical transcriptionist. She wrote her first story, If A Peacock Follows You Home, at the age of seventy-three, after she took her grandchildren, Matthew and Garrett, to the zoo. From then on Grandma and Mathew wrote the story and more followed. When her grandchildren talked, she listened. They have been her inspiration. If A Peacock Follows You Home is her first book of children’s stories written especially for her six grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Kristyn and Chad Olsen, and Matthew and Garrett Prellberg. But now it is for everyone to enjoy. The author lives in Tucson, Arizona with her daughter, Jana. She still works part time as a medical transcriptionist.

If A Peacock Follows You Home * by La Verne C. Olsen
Children's Stories by Grandma
Publication Date: January 30, 2007
Picture Book; $15.99; 52 pages; 978-1-4257-3087-1
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 52 pages; 978-1-4257-3088-8

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