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Flora and the Flamingo [Kindle Edition]

Molly Idle
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this innovative wordless picture book, 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!

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From School Library Journal

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 emphasize 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, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12319 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCRO45C
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think pink February 5, 2013
Did you know that flamingos are pink because of their diet of plankton? Did you know that the flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas? And did you know that when it comes to a pas de chat or a particularly fine jetée, no bird exceeds the flamingo in terms of balletic prowess? No? Then you're clearly not reading the right literature these days. Now, before you get to thinking too hard about it, let me assure you that when I discuss a book like Flora and the Flamingo I should right off the bat say that this is NOT a book about a bird that wants to be a ballerina and must overcomes obstacles to achieve that goal. That is, without a doubt, the most common storyline in ballet picture books today. I would not review such a book as that. No, Flora and the Flamingo is notable because it is a perfect amalgamation of wordless storytelling, likable (or at least understandable) characters, and an artistic sensibility that will make you forget its unique formatting and remind you only of the classic picture book days of yore. So forget what flamingos eat. Are you getting enough flamingo picture books in YOUR diet? If not, time to start.

A single flamingo lands and perches on one leg beneath the falling pink blossoms. It does not notice the single flippered foot that appears behind it nor, at first, the bathing suited little girl that mimics his stance. But when he starts to stretch (or is he dancing?) he can't help but see how she tries to imitate him, wing for wing. In a moment of cussidness he bleats at her, causing her to tumble head over heel into the water. Chastened, the flamingo offers a wing and the two embark on a fantastic dance, culminating in a joyous leap into the water and an elegant bow and curtsey.

Idle has the mark of the animator all over her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Different April 14, 2013
By Kate
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is such a lovely, creative book! My son and daughter (3 1/2 year old twins) both love this book. It's an active book for them as they keep jumping off my lap to copy Flora's moves in their own little dance. Though a book without words was something new for them at first, they see something new in the pages every time we read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flamingo and me May 22, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I was a little girl I took ballet. I loved the grace, the extensions, the leaps. I looked in the mirror and saw long limbs, arches where they should be, strength and grace. It was a wonderful time of my life and I wanted so badly to be a dancer. The mirror reflect a pudgy, dimpled little girl. Short arms and legs, clumsy and awkward. But that didn't matter, I formed a life long love of the art that I shared with both my Mother and sons. I think I looked a bit like Flora. Flora and Flamingo unfold like a silent movie, deep and beautiful. The two unlike dancers mirror each other in a synchronized partnership from the graceful to the absurd. Handy pull out flaps tell a story of companionship, friendship and a bit of healthy competition. A lovely book, it is a welcome addition to my own library. Flora and the Flamingo tell the story that anyone can be a dancer- grace like beauty comes from within. As my granddaughters take their own first ballet lesson, they will each get their own!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club. com March 21, 2013
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is a picture book in the purest sense: there are only pictures, no words. But the pictures tell a great story of a little girl named Flora who wants to be graceful and sleek and dance like a pink flamingo.

Flora is decked out in flippers, a pink bathing suit and a yellow swimming cap. She approaches the flamingo as the bird sleeps, gracefully balancing on one foot. Flora takes her stance and the flamingo begins to dance. Flora imitates her and the two perform graceful moves until Flora flubs a step and the flamingo makes fun of her. Soon though, the two patch things up and go on to perform flawlessly together.

The illustrations, mostly in pink with white negative space sharpen the focus on the simple lines used to create Flora, the flamingo, and beautiful blossoms on a flowering tree. There are also flaps to look under on many pages, and it's fun to see that often the story changes when the flap is opened. For instance, one page shows both Flora and the flamingo with their heads tucked to their sides, but when you open the flaps on both of them, you see that they are sneaking peeks at each other.

There's a great demo video set to music that shows how the book works. Flora and the Flamingo may be just the thing for your budding dancer. It also shows the power of friendship and how friends can bring out our insecurities as well as help us overcome them.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wordless, but full of wonder July 28, 2013
This delightful book comes without any words, but contains plenty of story just waiting for a child to discover it. Flora does her best to imitate a flamingo, both in her attire and her actions. The flamingo, noticing her and apparently disapproving, contorts into increasingly difficult poses until Flora topples. Then, noting her distress and feeling apologetic, the flamingo enters into a duet with Flora to finish out the book.

The illustrations are simple but elegantly crafted. Ample white space, framed by trees and blossoms, focus attention on the characters and remove any background distractions. It is easy to follow the emotions on the faces and in the body language of both characters. Perhaps the nicest touch is the yellow of Flora's bathing cap, which keeps the book from being too pink.

This book will appeal to a wide range of readers from preschool and adult. It is particularly suited to young children who do not want to be confined to a story with words, but would rather use their imaginations to tell their own story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable illustrations, cute story
I bought this for a gift for a 4 year old's birthday party. My daughter looked through it before we wrapped it and she really liked it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by kim Foland
5.0 out of 5 stars Go-to gift for friend's kids
When we don't know what to get friend's kids, this is our go-to gift. It always gets rave reviews, and our daughter loves it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jens
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
We chose this book because it was highly rated. Cute pictures. Not much story. My granddaughter and I were disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by John Pattison
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous flamingo tale
I sent this to my great niece after I "tested it out" for appropriateness. It is a. Rey funny wordless book that any budding ballerina oe swimmer will enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by P. J. Dawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Flora and the Flamingo
The book is lovely and delightful to "read" as a pre reader for my 15 month old granddaughter. But the paper flaps are dangerous. the initial impulse is to tear them out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara H. Saidel
5.0 out of 5 stars So expressive!
I highly recommend this book. It's a wonderful wordless story about the dance of friendship. Kids of all ages will enjoy it.
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Suggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Flora is a wonder
Amazing story told with no words, but in gesture and movement. Idle allows us to see into the heart and celebrate hildhood friendship. Wonderful.
Published 2 months ago by shona bayley
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture book without text with which the author still manages to say a...
“Flora and the Flamingo” made by Molly Idle is a picture book without text with which the author still manages to say a lot, still leaving to each child to choose using own... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story of friendship
This book is so cute. The artwork is fabulous & it tells a very sweet story of friendship. Fun to "read" with a young child & hear how they interpret the story.
Published 3 months ago by Melsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved one- so bought 2
Bought one for each granddaughter - both loved it! They can act out the dances. Don't know how Idle conveys so much emotion on a flamingo!
Published 5 months ago by Grandmother
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More About the Author

Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later...
It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children's book illustration!
Molly now lives in Arizona, and when not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!

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