Flora and the Flamingo
By Molly Idle
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452110066, 44pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book
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!
And coming this October! Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship in Flora and the Penguin.
Molly Idle began her career as an artist working for DreamWorks Feature Animation, and from there she leapt into the world of children's books. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
"A great story of friendship and forgiveness." - Erik, age 11, ThisKid ReviewsBooks.com
"I was entirely swept away." - Design of the Picture Book
"Flora and the Flamingo is so perfect there really are no words to describe it." - Virgina Beach Public Library
"Fanciful and beautiful." - Reading Today
"Cinematic, comedic, and balletic."-The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"An absolute delight."--School Library Journal Extra Helping
"A perfect amalgamation of wordless storytelling.. as emotional as it is visual" - Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal Blog
"In stunning shades of pink with bright yellow accents, squat little pear-shaped Flora tries to emulate a proud and graceful flamingo. It takes a while for the flamingo to realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when the two reconcile their relationship, a double-page foldout is barely large enough to contain the joy."--Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
BookPage Best Books of The Tear
"This delightful romp... will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike." - School library Journal, starred review
"The simplicity and elegance of each drawing is awe-inspiring." - Sweet on Books
"The seamless grace of the flamingo's dance contrasts humorously with Flora's faltering steps, but by the end of the story, they swoop, plunge and soar together like old ballet partners." - Kirkus Reviews
"Shows the power of friendship." - Mother-Daughter Book Club
"Seamless and dynamic visual storytelling" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"One of my favorite books of 2013" - Colby Sharp, Sharpread
"Like a classical music masterpiece, this book starts as a quiet story and cuminates with great power."--Young Children
"Irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle