Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo 
by Molly Idle
44 pages
Wordless Picture Book
Library Copy
Feb. 2013

Book Jacket Summary
In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

My Thoughts
This can either go really short or really long. The short version goes like this: Squeee! It is adorable and you must check it out! The longer version is as follows:
This interactive book is a must for any young dancer. Don't let all the pink dissuade you from showing it around to everyone because it is a 2014 Caldecott Honor book and it is fun. The book starts out with a flamingo gracefully landing on a lake with cherry blossoms all around. A little girl slowly progresses into the page and they dance. The flaps show slight movements of Flora and the flamingo. Hence the name. 
I would really want this one for my own personal library because the illustrations are exquisite with a fluid style that makes the dance movements look alive. Plus I can keep the flaps nice. The cherry blossoms add a wonderful frame and they fall gracefully across the page. Definitely add this one right away!

Book Pairings
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Shadow by Suzy Lee
 The Secret Box by Barbra Lehman



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