A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows various flamingo and ballet poses as well as an exuberant swimmer's cannon ball.
You can learn from and have fun with someone very different from you, even if you're not the same species, and even without speaking. You can communicate and become friends through dance -- or splashing around together in water.
Positive Role Models
The flamingo is a model of poise, form, and restraint. Flora, the little girl, is a model of curiosity, open-mindedness, willingness to try new things, and openness to making a new friend, even if it's a bird.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Molly Idle's Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo is a wonderful, wordless picture book that shows an encounter between a pear-shaped little girl and a stately flamingo. Suspicious of each other at first, the two get to know each other through imitation and dance, and the seemingly uptight bird learns from the free-spirited kid to let loose and try a hearty cannonball jump into the water. Interactive flaps help tell the story and underscore the two characters' evolving rapport, whimsically captured in author-illustrator Molly Idle's comic pink-and-white illustrations.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fresh, clever, wordless, opposites-attract story in which a stately flamingo teaches a round-bellied little girl to pose and dance, and free-spirited Flora teaches the bird to lighten up. Interactive flaps add layers of emotion and communication to the tale, as the two characters with distinct personalities slowly get to know each other. It's pure fun with a mostly pink-and-white palette of spare comic images set against stark white pages.
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