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Flamingo Sunset Paperback – July 23, 2013
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Kindergarten-Grade 3—"As the spring sun sets into the tropical sea, two flamingos build a cone-shaped mud nest at the water's edge." Soon the female lays a single egg, and after the adult birds warm the egg for 30 days a chick hatches. This attractive picture book joins simple narrative and well-drawn scenes rendered in colored pencil and watercolor wash to follow the flamingos and their large flock through their yearly pattern. The chick is first fed "fat-rich crop 'milk'" by his mother but then learns to find food for himself. One day the birds experience a violent storm, and then all is bright and sunny again. Weeks pass, and finally the chick is nearly full grown, ready to fly and follow his parents on a feeding trip; next year they'll all be back to build new cone-shaped nests. The richly rendered views, both compelling and absorbing, tell the story perfectly, introducing these striking, exotic creatures in an account that will be enjoyable read-aloud fare as well as perfect material for science lessons. The author's note adds a few facts for adults, including a warning about the need for conservation efforts.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Now that penguins have had their day in the sun, it’s time for flamingos to strut their stuff—and not just as lawn ornaments. Focusing on one family, London lucidly explains how the birds breed and care for their young. With their spindly legs and bulgy eyes, flamingos aren’t as cute as penguins, but they have a similarly intensive, dual-parent approach. Rodanas’ illustrations, in colored pencil over watercolor wash, wonderfully convey flamingo anatomy and movement, as well as the beauty of their surroundings. Drama flares when a storm builds, and the flamingos can only huddle close together and wait it out. Different but equally dramatic is a young flamingo’s flight—running “on water, flapping his wings . . . neck stretched forward, legs floating behind . . . gracefully flying into a flaming, flamingo sunset.” An author’s note provides more facts. Because of hunting and development, flamingos no longer nest anywhere in the U.S., so the birds pictured here are from the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Grades K-3. --Abby Nolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Quality picture books for young readers need to have images that match the text, which this book does reasonably well. Illustrations also need to be delightful, something that the young reader will find interesting without the text. I believe that young readers will find the illustrations of bright tropical color in this book both realistic and fun. There are the knobby knees, a small flamingo head poking out of an egg, and plenty of pink feathers.
This book does a great job of introducing young readers to a fascinating bird, the flamingo. Young readers will love learning about flamingos with this book.
I can see a teacher reading this book to a class of young elementary students, then using it as a basis for discussion. I can see a challenged reader enjoying the book because the text is manageable, there are few pages and the illustrations tell their story in beautiful color. I can see an elementary student with an interest in nature's creatures treating this as one of his/her favorite books. I can see a parent reading this book to a young child and having a very interesting discussion.
You can't go wrong with this book.
Flamingos form one of nature’s dazzlingly beautiful birds, grandson Oliver, as all first graders will enjoy watching the life cycle of the flamingo, from hatching to flying with others. Since the female lays an egg on the shore, she and her mate take turns sitting on the egg, to keep it warm, until, a sticky curious head peeks out! The parents start feeding the wobbly chick, which then learns to feed itself, until it’s ready to fly and start its own life as a grown bird.
Introducing these exotic creatures in an account that will be an enjoyable read, J. London lucidly explains how the birds breed and care for their young. This biology informing picture book joins up, bird's biographical narrative with vivid scenes in pencil and watercolor to follow the flamingos and their big flock throughout their life pattern. Author's poetic text and K. Rodanas’s artful pencil and watercolor drawings dramatizing the life of this nice bird.
I read the paperback, and this isn't great paper it's printed on. I recommend getting hardback only, no paperback, and only giving this to children once they can respect the book.