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Flora and the Flamingo Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Flora book is always a hit as a gift. I'm a children's librarian and recommend this book frequently. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hitthewall55
Very cleverly done. There are no words in this book, you make up your own story. However, the story changes every time you "read" it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by shopper1A
Teaches kids so much about how people should treat everyone . In the end you find out it is better to be nice. All types of people can be nice, make you smile and show you love.Published 4 months ago by gammyd
I absolutely love flamingos and the illustrations in this book are magnificent. With that said I don't get it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jamie
If you prefer stories with words, this book has none. It seems if you don't have words, it helps to have a strong plot-driven story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Totally fabulous. Stunning illustrations and heartwarming test of time storyline. A must have!Published 5 months ago by Noel Ann DeSantis