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Flora and the Flamingo


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PreS-Gr 2-This charming story begs to be an animated short-unsurprising, given the author's animation background-yet it works remarkably well as a wordless lift-the-flap book. Sparely illustrated, its full-spread white backgrounds with delicate pink-blossom borders emphasise the actions of the two protagonists. A lone flamingo lands onto the nearly blank expanse of the title page. Soon, it is joined by little Flora, who provides a sweetly round counterpoint to the angular bird. She furtively imitates the flamingo's moves with utmost concentration and extremely comical poses until it catches on and squawks angrily, driving her away in a sulk. Friendship triumphs in the end, and the unlikely couple dance together and joyously cannonball into water on the last double foldout page. As neither flamingos nor little girls are known for their inherent elegance, the duo's surprisingly graceful moves are reminiscent of dancing hippos and ostriches from Disney's Fantasia. This delightful romp is a worthy addition to most collections and will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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, where she dances through life with her handsome husband, mischievous children, and fabulous family and friends.


"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 "Seamless and dynamic visual storytelling" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "A perfect amalgamation of wordless storytelling.. as emotional as it is visual" - Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal Blog "Irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle "A great story of friendship and forgiveness." - Erik, age 11, ThisKid "One of my favorite books of 2013" - Colby Sharp, Sharpread "Flora and the Flamingo is so perfect there really are no words to describe it." - Virgina Beach Public Library "Cinematic, comedic, and balletic."-The Horn Book Magazine, starred review "The simplicity and elegance of each drawing is awe-inspiring." - Sweet on Books "Shows the power of friendship." - Mother-Daughter Book Club "Fanciful and beautiful." - Reading Today "I was entirely swept away." - Design of the Picture Book "An absolute delight."--School Library Journal Extra Helping "Like a classical music masterpiece, this book starts as a quiet story and cuminates with great power."--Young Children 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 "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 http: // "This delightful romp... will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike." - School library Journal, starred review

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