Ernestine Rice’s ‘Mr. Peacock’ Teaches Tolerance

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New children’s book shows importance of accepting peers as they are.

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The illustrations are eye-catching, the words are heartfelt and it teaches a lesson that there is no shame in being different

Author Ernestine Rice wants young readers to know there is no shame in being different. In her new children’s book, “Mr. Peacock” (published by AuthorHouse), Rice crafts a tale that is at times funny and sad, but overall uplifting.

In the book, Mr. Peacock loses one of his multicolored feathers. His search for the missing feather involves other animals from his home in the forests of Jackson, Miss., who help him learn to trust others and appreciate the differences of his peers.

“The illustrations are eye-catching, the words are heartfelt and it teaches a lesson that there is no shame in being different,” Rice says. “It shows the same things happening in schools, homes, churches and neighborhoods due to the lack of respect being taught (to children). You must have a heart to love and that is the aspect I am portraying in this book.”

An excerpt from “Mr. Peacock”:

“So you see, it doesn’t matter how large or how small the critters might be, or how different they are, they can be good friends. When one is in trouble, they are all in trouble and will come to the aid of the other, because when one of God’s creatures suffers, they all suffer. Mr. Peacock became the king and their leader of the forest because of his lost tail feather and they all remained friends forever. The forest is now full of friends, with Mr. Peacock trying to think of a way to bring all the animals together as one big, happy family.”

Mr. Peacock
By Ernestine Rice
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781477244449
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781477256015
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ernestine Rice is the mother of five children. She was born in Jefferson Davis County in Mississippi and was reared by her grandparents. She graduated from Carver High School in Bassfield, Miss. She later moved to Jackson, Miss., and now writes in Jacksonville, Fla.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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