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Flora and the FlamingoFlora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
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Pages: 44
Ages: 3 and up
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Publishers 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!

Littlebug DancingLittlebug Slips on Her Ballet Shoes: The flamingo book is one of my very most favoritest books ever! I want to be a ballerina when I get big and so I have to read this book lots and lots and lots. My teacher is just a teacher though, she’s not a flamingo, but I wish she was. That would be so neat! My favoritest part is when they dance into the water. I think all ballerinas should dance into water!

Oh! And it’s pink! Pink is the very very best color ever. Ever.

Here’s a little Vine video of Littlebug reading Flora and the Flamingo, which also happens to share her Birthday today! (just click on the black box to show the video)

Mom’s Two Cents: Enter one very graceful flamingo and one very ungraceful little friend, Flora. The unlikely duo start off on shaky ground, but after too long they quickly learn to work together. With a few tumbles and eventually giggles Flora and the Flamingo eventually end up the very best of friends, loving every minute they dance away.

I’ve mentioned my love for this adorable book in a number of places so far and I’m not done by any means. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is one of my first picture book reads of 2013 and I’m not certain the rest of the year will stand up well against it. Not only are the illustrations superb, but the story of these two friends is phenomenal. Told with no words at all and a few carefully placed flaps, the message and beauty of what Molly Idle does within these few pages will no doubt blow readers away.

What was most stunning to me as a lover of beautifully crafted illustrations were the subtle ways Molly Idle created emotion in the simple movements of the characters. When the story begins the two characters start out as most ballerinas do with a more advanced student or teacher accompanied by a sometimes silly younger student. Idle demonstrates just how talented she is by creating situations and simple changes in expressions to capture these situations easily and in a way that captivates even the youngest of readers.

Dancing their way to friendship, Flora and her friend the Flamingo start out on rocky footing but quickly discover the joy of working together. Molly Idle’s ability to capture the heart of a young dancer and friendship is astounding. Through stunning illustrations and carefully placed flaps emotions pour out of the pages of Flora and the Flamingo. This is a picture book that both myself and Littlebug could read again and again, and in fact Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle has easily become one of our all time favorite picture books.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 8 (as well as grown ups). A gorgeous tale of friendship that grows through stumbles and giggles. Perfect for the little dancers in your life.

Here’s a bit of a preview of the delightful Flora and the Flamingo:

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

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7 Responses to Book Review: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

  1. Raquel says:

    This book looks so cute! I love the art style. I’ll have to check it out.

    It reminds me a little of a cross between Brontorina and Angelina Ballerina with a vintage twist. But still stands on its own!

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    This book looks wonderful! I love the trailer too!

  3. Beth Hoffman says:

    This is adorable!

  4. Rhythm says:

    This has all the components of a great book! wordless, pink, dance, whimsy! I’ll have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gina says:

    Oh as soon as I saw this one in their catalog, I KNEW Littlebug (and you) would be enraptured. Sounds like it panned out too! ^_^ Aww….how cute is Littlebug! So glad you guys enjoyed it.

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