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Flora and the Flamingo

by Molly Idle


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Flora and the Flamingo

by Molly Idle

Review posted November 7, 2013.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2013. 32 pages.
Starred Review
2013 Sonderbooks Stand-out: #4 Picture Books

Flora and the Flamingo is a wordless picture book. So I can't quote the book to tell you how delightful it is.

The story is simple. Doesn't even use different settings. But you can look at it again and again. We've got a flamingo. We've got a flamingo-shaped little girl. The flamingo poses. The girl poses in imitation.

Flaps on several pages over both the flamingo and Flora give us more pictures and an additional sense of movement.

At first, the flamingo doesn't seem too happy about Flora's imitation. She falls down.

But the flamingo helps her up, and they begin posing together, and it flows into a lovely pas de deux, culminating in an exuberant leap into a pond.

Words don't do the book justice. Check it out, look at it again and again, and share it with a child!