Monday, April 29, 2013

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Molly Idle's wordless picture book, Flora and the Flamingo is so perfect there really are no words to describe it. But, I'll try to think of a few.

Our story begins with Flora, dressed in swim flippers and a bathing cap, ready to take on the world. She attempts to discretely mimic a graceful flamingo but she lacks the stealthiness to do so. The irritated flamingo attempts to shoo Flora away, yet the unlikely pair become a frolicking dance duo!

Fold down flaps reveal flora sneaking glances at the all-too-smart flamingo. The illustrations are both gorgeous and amusing while being simple and sparse; mostly white pages feature nothing more than Flora, the flamingo, and a few other splashes of pink and yellow.

This is a fantastic story to share with children and allow them to create their own thoughts or dialogue. Additionally, anyone, adult or child, can relate to the playful tenacity of Flora. Readers may also like to try Molly Idle's next title Tea Rex or Ame Dyckman's Boy + Bot

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