Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. 2013. Published by Chronicle Books LLC. ISBN: 9781452110066
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Books
Publisher’s 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!”
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book (2014)
Thoughts: Absolutely loved this book. Idle crafted a wordless book that still drew me into the story. Flora is a young dancer riveted by the graceful flamingo (Flamingo’s, if you didn’t know, can stand on one leg to preserve energy! How awesome is that. I can barely stand on two.) who is not impressed with Flora for disturbing their alone time. As the book Progresses though, they begin a dance, a dance where Flora emulates the Flamingo’s graceful movements. The entire book could easily be a ballet to an established orchestral and as my friend suggested to the likes of the Nutcracker or Swan Lake. The illustrations are absolutely breathtaking as you can see.
The images above illustrate the different ways Idle told her story, using flaps to give the reader a sense of surprise as to how the story progresses. We see the characters expression and find out with each page and each flap how the story unfolds into a colorful (Pink) masterpiece.
I would give this book 5/5 stars! A definite must read for the little dancer in the classroom or at home