Birds Like Us, The Pi Phillecroix Story
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It all started when a NYC pigeon hopped onto a subway car, took it one stop and then stepped off. Why?
A scrawny and flightless bird bears the expectations of seventeen centuries of France’s most heroic and decorated flying families. Can one little bird bear the expectations of family, flock and country? Can one so tiny shoulder the weight of France’s most heroic, virtuous and decorated families? Will Pi Phillecroix, daughter and only offspring of Piette and Paul Phillecroix V, descendant of the blue-feathered bloodline of Pierre and Pipio Phillecroix, survive a world that preys on the weak and vulnerable?
The Phillecroix’ have long been respected the world over for their daring and flying excellence. Each and every member of their lineage has devoted their lives to flock and country. The tragedy is that Pi, the last and only progeny of these decorated heroes, cannot fly.
Intelligent, loving, virtuous, enormously devoted and reverential to mother and father, Pi bears the weight of her parents’ disappointment when they learn that the family’s tradition of flying excellence has ended. At a time when most young birds frolic and play in and around the fountains of the Tuileries, Pi relegates herself to a small corner of the family nest atop the l'Arc de Triomphe in order to hide her handicap and escape endless torment from the arrondissement’s teenage birds.
When her war-decorated and beloved father becomes seriously ill, Pi steals away in the middle of the night to walk from Paris to England in an attempt to find Dr. Allbewell, the only one who may have the powers to save his life. Flightless, Pi makes her way on two scrawny pink feet, north to Normandy. During her journey she uncovers a host of characters that sometimes halt and other times hasten her journey with a blend of cruelness and helpfulness. Gervaise, an angelic force of wisdom rescues Pi from the throes of two sadistic Starlings; Etienne, a Giant Sea Fish helps Pi navigate the river Seine; Quick Jac Carlson a short-tempered, red-bellied woodpecker strangles her in an attempt to prevent her from seeking a night’s refuge; and Big Fella, a humble stallion who befriends and carries Pi to Cherbourg are just a few of the multifarious characters that drive this colorful and eclectic narrative.
Readers from ages twelve to one hundred twelve will identify with Pi’s journey and feelings of inadequacy, the ridicule she has to endure for being ‘different,’ and ultimately the courage she exhibits in facing her fears one step at a time. The novel references aeronautic, architectural terms and contains a plethora of historical references and characters form many different cultural backgrounds leveraging various languages. Readers will identify with Pi’s journey and feelings of inadequacy, the ridicule she has to endure for being ‘different,’ and ultimately the courage she exhibits in facing her fears one step at a time.