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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 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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Ltf edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate on April 14, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wyckoff on July 28, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on May 22, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2014
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This is a beautifully crafted book that inspires a child's imagination. Almost every child likes to dance, to move through the air with feet flowing and hands waving with a big smile on their faces. What fun to be free to move.

The author, Molly Idle, has provided a book full of images in pinks and yellows and some black and grey. This is a book without words, that allows the child's imagination to run free. Flora, a little girl and a Flamingo meet in dance. The Flamingo strikes poses and so does Flora. As you turn the page, there is a drop down strip that shows the poses the Flamingo and Flora are making. The illustrations are alive, colorful and vivid depicting each pose, each expression as it takes place. Once your children understand the purpose of the book, they will want to try and strike the same pose. This is a great deal of fun watching children make their own interpretation. This book is not just for girls who like ballet, but every child who uses their imagination. And, the parents will have fun joining in. Imagine the big strapping father striking the poses that Flora and the Flamingo make. What a guy! What great fun!

I gave this book to my four year old granddaughter after her first ballet recital. She was so excited to strike the Pisces she remembered and the new poses she found in the book. I have a feeling the entire family will soon be striking poses throughout the house!

Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-10-14
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